Toronto Education Law
Education Law in Toronto and surrounding areas is important to us at Devry Smith Frank LLP. Every child has a right to an education. That right means more than just attending school every day. It means having the material presented in a way that allows the child to learn. It also means that every child should be free from harassment and bullying while at school. No child should be stigmatized or denied the opportunity to learn while at school because he or she is “different.”
Every teacher and principal agrees with the above statements. They are all consistent with the Ontario College of Teachers Standards of Practice for the Teachings Profession. Unfortunately, not every student gets the education they deserve without help. Some students are challenging to teach. For others it is difficult to figure out the best way to teach them. Playground dynamics can be complicated. Often it seems that teachers feel it is easier to ignore problems and hope they go away. Sometimes it is easier to try to convince a student to “go away” than to deal with that student’s situation or the impact that student might have on the school’s test results. When that happens, it seems like the child has “fallen through the cracks.”
If your child has “fallen through the cracks” at school, is being harassed, or is not able to attend school, then it is time to consider hiring an education lawyer. At Devry Smith Frank LLP, our lawyers know that your child is entitled to a meaningful education. We know the laws and the regulations that apply to both public and private schools, the standards that teachers and principals must live up to, and how to ensure that your son or daughter get the education they are entitled to.
Students learn differently. Some students learn so differently that they need to be taught differently or they need extra resources to help them with the learning process. When a child is not taught in a way that allows the child to learn, the consequences are much more serious than just poor grades. A child who is stigmatized, feels like a failure, feels different, or is just frustrated, can have mental health problems if the situation persists too long. Frustration can lead to behaviour problems. Or, frustration and poor self-esteem can make it difficult for the child to make friends. That can lead to isolation and more problems. Parents can see their child experiencing health and behavioural problems.
It is critical that children get the education that suits them. Whether obtaining that education involves “going outside the box”, putting in extra effort, or even changing “the way things are usually done”, the child will likely need an advocate. Advocating for their clients need is what lawyers do. The education lawyers of Devry Smith Frank LLP know what resources ought to be available for students and what the process is for getting them. They know what kinds of accommodations schools are required to make for their students. Our lawyers know the process for having a child’s needs identified, including which professionals need to be involved and what assessments need to be done to ensure that identification is correct. Then, we know how to get the resources in place to help a child. We also know what the correct response is when a child has been suspended, expelled, or otherwise disciplined for problems related to failure to address the student’s needs.
Additionally, our lawyers know how to deal with teachers, principals, and other “education professionals” who are more concerned about having their own way, or “building their empires” then looking after the best interests of their students.
At Devry Smith Frank LLP our lawyers stand up for students to make sure that they get the education that they need and deserve. We also help their parents protect and advocate for their children. Our lawyers worked on several difficult, precedent setting cases, that have been reported in the national media. When a school is failing a child, our lawyers can step in to make sure that the child gets what he or she needs to succeed.
We have three locations to serve you:
Toronto law offices are conveniently located in the Lawrence and Don Mills area at 95 Barber Greene Road, Suite 100;
Whitby offices are located in the heart of downtown Whitby at 209 Dundas Street East, Suite 401;
Barrie offices are located downtown Barrie at 85 Bayfield Street, 3rd Floor.
We have plenty of free parking in all three locations.