Advocates for Children's Services (ACS) is a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that focuses on serving children in the public education system. ACS cases involve: short-term suspension; long-term suspension; expulsion; involuntary transfers to alternative school; denial of enrollment; discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex or disability; mistreatment by school security personnel; special education; bullying; and academic failure.
In addition to providing direct legal services to clients, ACS provides community education in the form of publications, presentations, trainings, and media outreach, and collaborates with other organizations and individuals working for education justice. To request a presentation or training, contact ACS Supervising Attorney Jen Story
by email or by phone at 919-226-5921.
To be eligible for services from ACS, a child must live in a household with an income not more than 187.5 percent of the federal poverty level, or live in foster care. Legal Aid of North Carolina screens all applicants to determine if they meet financial and other requirements for service.
Know Your Rights Handbook
Know Your Rights, Remedies, & Resources: A Handbook for Parents/Guardians and Students in North Carolina Public Schools
Conozca sus Derechos, Soluciones y Recursos: Una guía para Padres, Guardianes y Estudiantes en las escuelas públicas de Carolina del Norte
School Discipline: Suspensions and Expulsions
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