Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

BSAC has fought for student centered policies in Boston Public Schools for over a decade. BSAC promotes safe and supportive schools for all students by providing feedback and advocating for BPS policies.

Students have rights

 

All students in the Boston Public School district have rights and responsibilities as a partner in their education. BSAC has fought for student centered policies in Boston Public Schools for over a decade and has been involved in passing 32 different policies. These rights come from Superintendent Circulars, the Code of Conduct, and Massachusetts state law.All students in the Boston Public School district have rights and responsibilities as a partner in their education. BSAC has fought for student centered policies in Boston Public Schools for over a decade and has been involved in passing 32 different policies. These rights come from Superintendent Circulars, the Code of Conduct, and Massachusetts state law.

The App

 

BSAC developed a mobile optimized, web application, which is the first of it's kind in the country, so students, teachers, and parents can know students' rights! The Boston Student Rights app was launched in May of 2015 and over 70 community leaders, policy makers, parents, and young people attended the launch party with keynote speakers Superintendent Tommy Chang and Chief of Education Rahn Dorsey. On the app you can easily look up different students’ rights in a variety of areas ranging from dress code to LGBT rights. Students who have been suspended or expelled have access to information concerning procedure, acceptable causes, and next steps. A list of legal resources is provided, along with information about how to join or connect with BSAC.

In collaboration with the BPS Office of Student Support Services and Office of Equity, we have developed a reporting function so that students can report incidences of the Code of Conduct being improperly implemented, as well as incidences of intolerance. BSAC will receive disaggregated data and use the information to inform campaigns and advise the School Committee.

 

To date, the app has been well received. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans tweeted an article over the summer and the Schott Foundation has featured it on their blog. We hope to work with student groups in other cities to help them develop similar resources.

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Boston Student Rights App
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