Know Your Rights
The rights of public school students and student-led advocacy
Know Your Rights: A Handbook for Pennsylvania Public School Students | ACLU-PA, June 2017 Booklet in Q&A format discusses students' rights, when they can be exercised, when school officials can limit them, and offers practical tips for students.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Lawsuit Says Diversion Program Meant to Keep Troubled Kids Out of the Criminal Justice System Violates Their Constitutional Rights, American Bar Association Journal, May 1, 2019
Schools Need a Lesson on Students’ Free Speech Rights | ACLU, September 18, 2018
Student Walkout Over Guns Poses Balancing Act for Schools | Associated Press, March 11, 2018
Can Schools Discipline Students for Protesting? | ACLU, February 22, 2018
Students' Rights on the Internet and Social Media | PBS NewsHour, June 2017
This video discusses what schools can and cannot do as a result of a students' online activity and the opinion expressed on their social media accounts.
‘How Far Can They Go?’ Police Search of Hundreds of Students Stokes Lawsuit and Constitutional Questions | New York Times, June 13, 2017
5 Things Public Schools Can Do and Can't Do When it Comes to Dress Codes | ACLU Women's Rights Project, May 2017
Know Your Rights: Interacting with Police in Schools | ACLU, 2016
Note: This is a national publication. Some state laws may vary.
Know Your Rights: LGBT High School Students | ACLU, 2017
This guide explains what you can do if you think your school is discriminating against you because of your gender identity or sexuality.
This booklet for students and their families contains information about how to get your school’s disciplinary data, get connected to other families and organizations working on changing school discipline, and get more information about protecting your rights.
Student Discipline in Pennsylvania | Education Law Center of PA, August 2019
Fact sheet provides parents and students with an overview of Pennsylvania law pertaining to suspensions, expulsions, and transfers to alternative schools in public and charter schools.
Youth Speak Out on the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Miami, FL
Advancement Project and Power U Center for Social Change released a Comic-book style resource written by youth for youth on the need for restorative practices to reverse the school-to-prison pipeline. A year later both organizations partnered up again to produce a video where student's vocalize their opinions and experiences with the school-to-prison pipeline.
Youth Call for Restorative Justice Practices in New York City, NY
Global Action Project & Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice released a youth-produced short film that calls for restorative justice as an alternative method to the unjust zero tolerance policies and over-policing that students face in New York City public schools.
Breaking the Pipeline [Video]