CARE Student
Advocacy

CARE Student Advocacy is a pro bono legal support initiative operated by law students that provide support for parents of students who need assistance with formal communications with schools.  

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We leverage our knowledge of education law and familiarity with Ontario school boards to assist parents in drafting letters to ensure that the needs and considerations of their children are being properly expressed. The scope of topics we help address through our assistance with letters and communication include:

Special Education and Accommodation

Every student has a right to access meaningful education. Students may face behavioural, communication, intellectual and/or physical barriers. When a student faces a barrier to their education success, schools may be able to provide accommodations. 

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Bullying and Harrassment

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Bullying and harassment have negative impacts on students' home and school life. This type of behaviour is typically repeated over time and is meant to cause harm, fear, distress, or create a negative environment. Bullying and harassment exist in physical, verbal, social, written and electronic (cyberbullying) form. If such behaviour negatively impacts a student’s school climate, the school must address it.

Attendance Rights

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Children under the age of 18 are entitled to get an education, and for many children under the age of 16, they are required to attend school. Any child who resides in Ontario (a “resident pupil”) has the right to attend school without paying a fee. This right holds true regardless of a child’s immigration status. 

Student Discipline

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Youth are prone to making mistakes, experiencing repercussions and accordingly, correcting their improper behaviour: such is the beauty of childhood. Nonetheless, discipline must be proportionate to the error committed. Educators must adhere to a school board’s set of rules and protocols whilst attending to a student’s misdemeanor rather than issuing discipline arbitrarily and irrationally.

CARE Student Advocacy is student led and overseen by Battick Legal Advisory.

 

To learn more about CARE Student Advocacy or other inquiries please email: care@batticklegal.ca

The letters and documents that are prepared by the CARE Student Advocacy team are created bespoke for the use of clients and the information contained in them is transferred to families to use. The documents will not be signed by CARE Student Advocacy or Legal Battick Advisory and this support does not constitute formal representation. We are currently accepting intakes only through partnering community organizations. 

Project Leaders

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Antonette Persechino

Antonette Persechino is currently a final year law student at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. She is passionate about helping families advocate for their child who may face challenges, unfairness, and injustice while at school. Antonette aims to raise awareness of student’s rights at school through the CARE Student Advocacy initiative.

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Melanie Kahwaji

Completing her final year of law at the University of Birmingham, Melanie Kahwaji is passionate about advocating for student rights and youth criminal justice. Moving forward in her career, Melanie hopes to continue advocating on behalf of students and their families, particularly students with learning disabilities.

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Kenyah Coombs

Kenyah Coombs has a passion for advocating for students experiencing injustice in the Ontario school system. Currently a final year law student at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, she hopes that through advocating through CARE, many students will better understand their rights and that the school system will continue to better protect all students.

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Benu Parmar

Benu Parmar is currently a final year law student at the University of Birmingham and was inspired to join the CARE initiative to advocate for students who face hardship and prejudice in educational systems designed to nurture young minds. She intends to practice family law in the near future, with a particular focus on advocating for the interests of vulnerable women.