Hamilton Education law program

The Hamilton Education Law Program (HELP) was a campaign run by Empowerment Squared in 2020 to empower students and families to meet challenges that one may encounter in the school system. HELP provided information and resources for navigating issues related to student discipline, special education, bullying & harassment, and the right to attend school. The majority of the information presented in this program remains current and is presented here for reference.

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Your right to attend

Attending school in Hamilton: Your rights & responsibilities

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Special Education

You have the right to access meaningful education

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Getting back on track: dealing with suspensions

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Secure your academic success: handling expulsions

Online presentations

Anti-Black Racism in Schools

Understanding the Education System

Youth Advocates in Ontario’s Education System

Attendance Rights This School Year