Undocumented Student Resources

A college education can unlock many doors and offer a bright, secure future to those seeking a degree. However, many undocumented students face unique challenges when applying for college and seeking financial aid. Some undocumented students may even assume that, due to their citizenship status, they are unable to attend college. However, that could not be further from the truth. There are many resources, organizations, and laws that exist for undocumented students seeking a higher education. Earning a college…

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Transgender Students’ Rights

School can be tough; friends, homework, and pop quizzes can all be sources of stress in a student’s life, but worrying about whether a school will respect gender identity should never be one of them. Transgender students, like all students, have legal protections when it comes to their rights in school. If you have a child in your life who is transgender, familiarizing yourself with these rights can help you and your student make the most out…

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Resources for Autism

I get questions all the time about resources for students with Autism from a patient and compassionate hairdresser to better in-home services, and of course, school suggestions. I do not have a partnership, nor am I endorsing any one of these resources, but merely offering a place to collect and disperse the information. Let me know if you have anything to add or comments about what was already listed! Autism Speaks Resource Guide–> Offers state-by-state…

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Quick Guide-Education Law Updates

This is NOT an exhaustive list nor legal advice. This is round 2 of the series! If you are looking for more new laws, check out the previous post on family law HERE. If you have questions about how these laws may impact you and your family, feel free to reach out to Harmening Law! Overlap: There are a few things that are really important for families to know, and overlap with my last post.  Those include…

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Suspensions: Quick Guide

There are a few facts everyone should know about suspensions–spread the good news!  There are many “unofficial” or “undocumented” suspensions that districts may employ without your knowledge. Calling home: If the school calls you to pick up your child for a behavior issue, this is technically a suspension.  There are a limited number of times/days a student can be suspended under the Illinois School Code–keep track. “Go to the office”: One of the most common…

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