The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 1969 that students do not lose their constitutional rights "at the schoolhouse gate." It's vital that students know their rights and how to exercise them, but too often they receive little or poor information about what their rights really are. 

The ACLU Foundation of Louisiana dedicates this Students' Rights Handbook to all of the students and their parents who have had the courage to stand up for their rights, especially those who have served as plaintiffs in ACLU-sponsored lawsuits.