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An introduction to the topic. Actual policies are specific to each state, school district and building.

An introduction to the topic. Actual policies are specific to each state, school district and building.

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    • Student & Parental Rights in Public School Education An introduction to the topic. Actual policies are specific to each state, school district and building. Islamic Networks Group (ING)COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Summary Student Rights Objective and neutral curriculum Freedom of religious beliefs and practice Freedom of speech Freedom from harassment (safe learning environment) Parental Rights Partner in their child’s education Safe learning environment for their children COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Student’s First Amendment Rights“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, …” COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Student Religious Freedom„Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, …” Right to be taught about, or exposed to, religion in any form in an objective and neutral manner so that the school, or any of its agents, is not appearing to be promoting or denigrating any religion. COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • National Curriculum Framework forSocial Studies & World History Islam and other religions are taught in the context of Social Studies and World History in grades 6th – 12th Study of world religions and their contributions to civilization Study of world history, M.E., North Africa, Asia Study of American history & role of religion Cultural/holiday celebrations take place in elementary schools Cultural diversity education for teachers & administrators are required in most states COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • ING Resources for the Study of Religionhttp://www.ing.org Interfaith Speakers Bureaus Live panels of speakers from Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism on a variety of topics Islamic Speakers Bureaus Live presentations • Getting to Know American Muslims and their Faith • Islamic Contributions to Civilization • Roots of Muslims in America • Women in Islam • Diversity Seminar: Understanding Muslim Students; Fostering an Inclusive Environment K-6th Kit for Teachers and Parents Other online educational resources COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Freedom of Religious Practice“…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; “ Right to pray, fast, dress, take holidays off Right to religious accommodation, within reason Right to organize religious club COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Student’s Freedom of Speech Student speech is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Thus, students have the right to express themselves openly on school premises about matters of social, political, and religious importance. However, students may not express themselves in a way that causes a disruption of, or interference with, the orderly conduct of school activities or is inconsistent with the schools basic educational mission. Teachers and administrators may also edit the style and content of student speech at school assemblies, in the school newspaper, in school theatrical productions, and in other school- sponsored activities, where teachers and administrators have legitimate educational concerns.- Ann Arbor School District Policy COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Harassment Policy A student has a right to participate in all district activities without being subjected to conduct that is discriminatory, humiliating, demeaning, offensive or embarrassing. Harassment refers to sexual harassment, as well as ethnic, religious and general harassment. Ethnic Intimidation and Harassment includes slurs, verbal references, gestures and other behavior which tends to demean, humiliate, intimidate and/or threaten others on the basis of race, ethnic group or nationality. Religious and General Harassment includes slurs, verbal references, gestures, or other behavior which tends to demean, humiliate, intimidate and/or threaten others on the basis of creed, religion, or personal characteristics.- Ann Arbor School District policy COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Harassment Policy A student should report incidences of harassment to the building administrator with any supportive evidence that is available. The principal will examine the evidence and, if merited, speak directly to the person alleged to have harassed the complainant. If proven, the building administrator will: Have the offender sign a contract regarding appropriate behavior toward the complainant, and/or Refer the offender to an outside agency, and/or Initiate suspension/expulsion procedures This disciplinary action should be commensurate with the behavior and the developmental level of the student. - Ann Arbor School District policy COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Hate Crime Law Forty-five states have hate crime statues Map documenting hate crime law state by state: http://www.adl.org/learn/hate_crimes_laws/map_frameset.h tml and http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/provisions.asp Michigan hate crime law: A person is guilty of ethnic/bias intimidation if that person maliciously and with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person’s race, color, religion, gender, or national origin, does any of the following: Causes physical contact with another person Damages, destroys, or defaces any real or personal property of another person. Threatens, by word or act, to do an act described in subdivision (a) or (b)... COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Student Rights Learn and study in a positive atmosphere for learning -- one that is unbiased, non-judgmental, and free from prejudice, discrimination, verbal or physical threats and abuse. Expect that school rules will be enforced in a consistent, fair and reasonable manner. Discuss and receive assistance with educational concerns from school staff Receive a copy of student rights and responsibilities Receive fair discipline without discrimination. COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Student Responsibilities Respect the rights, feelings, and property of fellow students, parents, school staff, visitors, guests, and school neighbors. Conduct themselves properly on school grounds, school buses, at bus stops, at any school-related activity, and in the classroom, so as not to interfere with the rights of another student to learn. Follow discipline guidelines adopted by the school and district. Ask questions to understand your rights and responsibilities. COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Parental RightsCOPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Parental Rights “It is the natural, fundamental rights of parents to determine, and direct the care, teaching and education of their children. The public schools of this state serve the needs of the pupils by cooperating with the pupil’s parents to develop the pupil’s intellectual capabilities… in a safe and positive environment” – Michigan Complied Laws (Revised School Code, Section 380.10) COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Parental Rights (continued) “Parents are permitted to review curriculum, textbooks and teaching materials of the school in which the pupil is enrolled at a reasonable time and place. Parents are permitted, within reason, to observe instructional activity in a class in which the pupil is enrolled.” (Section 380.1137) COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Parental Rights Cooperation from the school to ensure their child’s safe and positive learning environment Request and be granted conferences with teachers, counselors and/or the principal. COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Complaint Procedures &Disciplinary Policies Complaint procedures and disciplinary policies are specific to each school district and building. Find out what the policies are. Review the policies with school administrators if they’re not clear to you. Concern about a problem your child is facing should be immediately and first expressed at the point where the problem occurred. COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Parent’s Responsibilities Be partners with school staff by sharing ideas for improving student learning and by helping to prevent and/or resolve student discipline problems. Parents are better known, respected and listened to if they actively participate in school activities such as parent-teacher conferences, parent-principal meetings, parent organization functions, open houses, and extra-curricular activities. Provide supervision for the students health, physical and emotional well-being. Address any problem your child is facing. Don’t ignore it. Encourage student compliance with school and district rules. COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011
    • Know Your Rights + Take Responsibility = Safer/Happier School Environment for Students & Parents. Thank you.COPYRIGHT (c) 2011, Islamic Networks Group (ING). All rights reserved. August 2011