Ruling lifts parents’ civil right to visit schools

Efforts by school district officials to restrict parental access to their child’s classroom after a disagreement over educational services could have violated the parent’s civil rights, a federal judge ruled late last week, allowing a key case to move forward. At issue is the limits a school district has to restrict a parent from coming on to school grounds to consult, observe or even confront educators over the services provided to their child.

Attorneys representing a fourth grader at the Gustine Unified School District said that while the ruling was not on the merits of the suit, it represents a rare win for parents in a complex area of the law.

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