Resources and Links

Special_Education_NC_COVER.pngThe Duke Children’s Law Clinic has produced a comprehensive Guide for parents of children with special education needs. The Guide explains the special education law in clear terms so that parents can learn the vocabulary, navigate the special education system, and become an effective advocate for their children. The Guide is especially geared to assist North Carolina parents.

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Immigration_Report cover image This report, issued by the Children's Law Clinic, documents the practices of school districts in North Carolina as they affect the enrollment of immigrant children in the public schools.  While the law is clear that immigrant children who live in North Carolina, including undocumented immigrant children, have a constitutional right to attend public school, our research showed that not all public school districts are meeting their obligations to facilitate the enrollment of immigrant children.

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Instead of Suspension cover image The Children's Law Clinic has released a report, School Vouchers in North Carolina.  It gathers and analyzes the available data about the first three years of the operation of the program.  The report concludes that the program has been successful at giving a small group of low-income families government support to enroll their children in private, mostly religious schools.  It has been unsuccessful, however, in promoting better academic results for the children whose private school tuition is supported by the vouchers.

Read School Vouchers in North Carolina

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North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

School Systems in the Clinic’s Service Area

Support & Information for Parents and Advocates

Advocacy Organizations

  • The Center for Law and Education: A national organization working to bring about change in order to improve the education of low-income students.
  • Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys: A national organization that promotes collaboration between parents and educators with the goal of improving education for children with disabilities.
  • Disability Rights North Carolina: A private, nonprofit organization offering legal representation to persons with disabilities in North Carolina.
  • Health and Disability Advocates: A national organization providing a range of services to promote access to health care and income security for persons with disabilities and persons of low income. The HDA website has a Materials Library with many useful documents, particularly for SSI advocates.

Laws Affecting Children with Disabilities