Experienced Education Lawyers in New Jersey That Get Results

In New Jersey, disputes related to public education are governed by education statutes and the New Jersey Administrative Code. These laws govern all aspects of education in the state, from preschool through high school graduation, and in some instances, beyond. At Shebell & Shebell, we have the experience to provide you with excellent representation in all areas of education law. Some common situations governed by New Jersey’s “school laws” include:

  • Student Discipline
    A student’s rights while in the public education system are more limited than those afforded to the general public. For example, a student does not have the right to be represented by a lawyer when being searched, interrogated, or questioned by school authorities about matters that could result in discipline. Nevertheless, as a result of these one-sided investigations, students may face suspension, expulsion or exclusion from activities such as sports, prom or graduation. However, there are legal remedies for challenging decisions of school officials. If your child is facing discipline, and you want to fight it, the lawyers at Shebell & Shebell are here to help. We have a thorough understanding of New Jersey’s education laws and procedures and can help you obtain a favorable outcome.
  • Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB)
    Your child should be free from bullying that substantially interferes with his or her right to a public education. Fortunately, New Jersey is a national leader in the establishment of laws and public policy to prevent, report and remediate bullying in public schools. If your child has been the subject of bullying, including cyber-bullying or bullying through social media, we have an in depth understanding of the most recent development in the law. Victims of bullying and harassment that takes place during or even after school have rights, and at Shebell & Shebell, we are able to assist you in enforcing them.
  • Labor and Employment Issues
    At Shebell & Shebell, we also represent educators and other employees of the public education system in all aspects of personnel matters. We are able to assist our clients with employment discrimination claims, wrongful termination, tenure charges, non-renewals, and increment withholdings.
  • Special Education Law
    All students in New Jersey are entitled to a free and appropriate public education. Often, special education law and regular education law may overlap. At Shebell & Shebell, we are able to assist clients with all types of special education matters, including developing or challenging an Individualized Education Program (IEP), mediation, and due process hearings. Our attorneys are sensitive to the needs of special needs students and will fight hard to get them everything they are entitled to under the law.
  • Student record privacy issues
  • Right of public school students to pray or meditate silently
  • Grades and academic issues
  • Disability accommodations
  • Negligence and personal injury
  • Athletics and extra-curricular activities

Education law in New Jersey can be exceedingly complex, and difficult for the average parent to navigate. The experienced education lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help. Speak with a New Jersey education lawyer today at 866-957-5237, or contact us online.

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