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THE RIGHT TO A FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION

The right to a free public school education is a basic “student right” guaranteed to all children.

Students have a right to:

1. attend school and receive a free public school education from kindergarten to age 21 or receipt of a high school diploma, whichever comes first, as provided by law; students who have been determined to be English Language Learners are entitled to bilingual education or English as a second language program as provided by law; students with disabilities who have been determined to be in need of special education are entitled to a free appropriate public education from age 3 until age 21, as provided by law;

2. be in a safe and supportive learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bigotry, and to file a complaint if they feel that they are subject to this behavior (see Chancellor’s Regulations A-830, A-831, A-832, A-420, and A-421);

3. receive courtesy and respect from others regardless of actual or perceived age, race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, weight, sexual orientation, physical and/or emotional condition, disability, marital status and political beliefs;

4. receive a written copy of the school’s policies and procedures, including the Discipline Code and the New York City Department of Education Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities, early in the school year or upon admission to the school during the school year;

5. be informed about diploma requirements, including courses and examinations and information on assistance to meet those requirements;

6. be informed about required health, cognitive and language screening examinations;

7. be informed about courses and programs that are available in the school and the opportunity to have input in the selection of elective courses;

8. receive professional instruction;

9. know the grading criteria for each subject area and/or course offered by the school and to receive grades for school work completed based on established criteria;

10. be informed of educational progress and receive periodic evaluations both informally and through formal progress reports;

11. be notified in a timely manner of the possibility of being held over in the grade or of failing a course;

12. be notified of the right of appeal regarding holdover or failing grades;

13. confidentiality in the handling of student records maintained by the school system;

14. request or by parental request to have their contact information withheld from institutions of higher learning and/or military recruiters;

15. receive guidance, counseling and advice for personal, social, educational, career and vocational development.