Mandatory Retention Lawyers

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What is Mandatory Retention?

School districts around the country are now requiring many students to pass tests before moving on to the next grade level. This policy is widely known as the mandatory retention policy of not promoting students that are unable to pass basic skills tested on educational exams. However, many parents and schools cannot agree on whether a child should be retained.

What are Some Drawback of Retention?

Studies have found that retention doesn't necessarily help out a student's lack of educational skills. In addition, it may be more harmful than beneficial. Many students have high drop out rates because of retention.

What if My School wants to Retain My Child?

Schools and teachers will sometimes consult with parents because they believe that a student is not ready and able to be promoted to the next grade level. This makes many parents uneasy about having a child a year behind in school. However, parents have many options to prevent their child from being retained. These include:

What if the School Won't Let My Child be Promoted?

There are many occasions in which parents and schools have honest disagreements and can't come to an agreement regarding promotion. Parents have several options:

Should I Consult an Attorney?

An experienced attorney in educational law can help parents to determine the best course of action regarding their child's retention. Attorney's can help to work with school officials to determine if retention is in a child's best interests.

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Last Modified: 11-30-2011 04:28 PM PST

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