Student Rights

ACLU Urges Utica School to Rescind Ban on Political Signs at Student Protests and to Apologize to Suspended Gun Reform Advocates

ACLU Urges Utica School to Rescind Ban on Political Signs at Student Protests and to Apologize to Suspended Gun Reform Advocates

2018-04-16 00:00:00

Today the ACLU of Michigan sent a letter to Utica Academy for International Studies urging school officials to rescind a rule barring students from holding “political” signs during demonstrations against gun violence. The letter also encourages the principal to apologize to students who were suspended after displaying gun reform signs at the March 14 protest, and to honor students’ free speech rights during future protests.

ACLU Asks Federal Judge to Allow LGBT Support Groups to Join Lawsuit in Defense of LGBT-Inclusive School District Policies

ACLU Asks Federal Judge to Allow LGBT Support Groups to Join Lawsuit in Defense of LGBT-Inclusive School District Policies

2018-03-12 00:00:00

Today the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan filed a motion in federal court asking to intervene in a lawsuit that was filed against Williamston Community Schools for adopting policies that prohibit discrimination against students for their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The ACLU is representing Stand with Trans, a statewide organization that supports transgender youth and their families, and Williamston High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), a student-run LGBT support group.

What's Up with Lead Levels in Flint Schools?

What's Up with Lead Levels in Flint Schools?

2016-12-01 00:00:00

Originally published on the Michigan Chronicle

When it comes to the situation regarding the water in Flint’s public schools, Jeree Brown is in the dark.

With two children attending Eisenhower Elementary School, she has no idea what’s going on regarding state testing of water in schools throughout the Flint Community Schools district.

She’s not alone.

Lawsuit for Special Education Records

Lawsuit for Special Education Records

2017-04-17 00:00:00

Ever since the State of Michigan created the controversial Education Achievement Authority (EAA) to take over failing schools in Detroit, there have been complaints that students with disabilities are not receiving adequate special education services.  The EAA outsourced special education services to a for-profit company called Futures Education of Michigan, paying the company millions of taxpayer dollars to serve our most vulnerable children.  Details regarding this private company’s actual services, however, remained elusive. 

A Zero-Sum Game: How Michigan’s School Discipline Laws Harm Special-Education Students

A Zero-Sum Game: How Michigan’s School Discipline Laws Harm Special-Education Students

2015-04-21 00:00:00

Special-education students in Michigan are being pushed out of public schools at an alarming rate—with far too many of them being driven directly in the school-to-prison pipeline. And increasingly, our zero-tolerance laws are a big reason why.

Michigan has one of the most expansive zero-tolerance policies in the nation, second only to Texas. Meanwhile, Michigan is one of only 12 states whose zero-tolerance laws enforce mandatory expulsion for violations beyond possession of weapons.

Think Globally, Vote Locally

Think Globally, Vote Locally

2012-11-05 00:00:00

While the differing views of the presidential candidates on LGBT rights are widely examined and discussed, local elections don’t get as much attention nor emphasis. 

Local elections determine much of how equality is meted out in your community from whether or not a couple can adopt a child to whether your boss can fire you for your sexual orientation, even if they don't get discussed by television talk show hosts.

Taking Our Voices to the Polls

Taking Our Voices to the Polls

2012-09-26 00:00:00

Just a week ago, hundreds of Michigan men and women came out for the HANDS OFF! Rally for Reproductive Justice. Not only was it truly inspiring, it was liberating to turn heads in my “Vagina” t-shirt, demonstrate that I value autonomy over my own body via some not-so-coordinated dance moves, and to be one amongst a huge community of people who rallied and danced in solidarity.

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April 16, 2018 Free Speech, Student Rights
Today the ACLU of Michigan sent a letter to Utica Academy for International Studies urging school officials to rescind a rule barring students from holding “...
March 12, 2018 LGBT Rights, Student Rights
Today the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan filed a motion in federal court asking to intervene in a lawsuit that was filed against...
April 21, 2015 Student Rights
Special-education students in Michigan are being pushed out of public schools at an alarming rate—with far too many of them being driven directly in the school...
January 27, 2012 Student Rights
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision today in the case of a graduate student, Julea Ward, who was removed from Eastern Michigan...
October 04, 2011 Student Rights
Cincinnati — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is slated to hear arguments today in the case of a graduate student who was removed from Eastern...
July 01, 2011 Student Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today applauded an appeals court decision allowing public universities and public employers in...
October 08, 2010 Student Rights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan should uphold the free speech rights of students by allowing students to canvass for partisan issues in all...
January 21, 2010 Student Rights
NAPOLEON, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Napoleon Community Schools today to respect the rights of a 5-year-old student with...
October 08, 2009 Student Rights
DETROIT – After learning that fourth graders at Millside Elementary School in Algonac were involuntarily separated into two single gender classrooms, the...
January 12, 2009 Student Rights
KALAMAZOO, MICH – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the superintendent of South Haven Public Schools to put an end to the...
March 30, 2007 Student Rights
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that a judge has signed an order requiring Old Redford Academy officials to allow...
August 04, 2005 Student Rights
The ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a police practice of forcing pedestrians under age 21 to take a Breathalyzer test without first...
January 19, 2005 Student Rights
DETROIT – After learning that a public school wrestling coach was praying with his team at sporting events, the ACLU of Michigan sent a letter to the school’s...
February 12, 2001 Student Rights
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York agree that residents of the City of Detroit were...
Napoleon, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the Napoleon Community Schools decision to permit a doctor-prescribed service dog to...
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