Parent's right to placement of a child
Does a parent have the right to choose the placement of their child? We disagreed with placing our child in pre-second grade for the current school year for many reason's. We were told by both the principal of the school and by superintendant that we do not have a choice if they (the school), feel otherwise. We strongly disagreed and had many arguments to support this. In the end, we were told that we had the right to disagree, but that it was still the schools decision as to the placement of our child. We met with them many times and even filled out an appeal as to why we were concerned. In the end, they still denied our request. We decided to give the school the "benefit of the Doubt". Afterall, we only want what is best for our child. Now, more than ever, we feel we have been let down and mislead. We disagree with our child spending any more time in the second grade level and would like to be placed in third grade for the upcoming year. We have many reason's to support this. Perhaps someone could really listen and give the child the "benefit of the doubt".
Montana does not have statutory or regulatory laws that provide when children are retained or promoted to a higher grade level. Montana has adopted a model of strong local control of its school districts by each district's local board of trustees. In cases where there is no state law or rule that determines a certain process or procedure - the trustees may adopt policies to be followed by their district. I suggest that you review your school district's policies regarding retention and promotion of students. OPI recommends that you go through your local chain of command which would be from the teacher to the principal to the superintendent and ultimately to the board of trustees if you are unable to resolve the issue at a lower level. In the event you disagree with the decision of the board of trustees (made at a regularly scheduled meeting) you may have the right to appeal that decision to the County Superintendent of Schools. Title 10 Chapter 6 of the Administrative Rules of Montana deals with School Controversies/Contested case actions. The following is the website you can access to review these rules. http://www.mtrules.org/
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