Last Updated on November 29, 2022 by Michelle Ball
By Michelle Ball, Sacramento California Expulsion, Special Education, sports/CIF, College, Education and School Attorney/Lawyer for Students since 1995
What are your rights as a California public school parent? California Education Code section 51101 has a handy list of some public school parents’ rights for use when push comes to shove in California schools.
Some of these rights may come as a surprise to parents who are being denied a simple parent-teacher conference, can’t get student records, are denied parent volunteer opportunities, were never given the school policies, or are having other difficulties in the public school environment.
Parent Rights Under California Education Code 51101
Section 51101 of the Education Codes affords the following rights to California public school parents (this is an abbreviated list and is paraphrased):
5) To be notified if their child is absent on a timely basis.
This is not an exhaustive list of every right parents may have, but it is a start. Knowing these rights, can help a parent to assert themselves when they know they or student are being wronged at their local public school.
Now, parents, did you know you had all these rights???? Now go out and use them.
Student education lawyer Michelle Ball is located in Sacramento California and helps parents exercise their rights when schools won’t listen to them. Parent attorney Michelle Ball assists parents throughout California, including in Elk Grove, Roseville, Modesto, Ceres, Riverside, Chico, and in many other locations.
[Originally published 9/2/11]