I've been informed that the only recourse a student has when the school wants to get nasty is to find "breach of contract", for instance I was promised to use the student preference program, in writing, and then it was reneged on. I was treated unfairly. (As one example.)
I have also been advised that "educational" lawyers often do k-12 issues. Contract lawyers, labor lawyers may work in the field. Also, a local lawyer is cheaper, no travel expenses? Is this correct; can anyone offer anything else? Thanks
What kind of recourse you have depends on the facts and documents. It's silly to suggest that there's an "only recourse" until everything has been reviewed by a trained eye. There may be no recourse, there may be many, or there my be a "loophole" "out" like you suggest. It all depends and this is why giving a fact specific example helps no one.
There are very few certified sub specializations in law. It's not like medicine where you might be additionally trained (except perhaps in taxation or international law). Thus the phrase "educational" law is nonspecific, and it might mean that a lawyer who hold himself out at this has done one case, does multiple cases but limited scope, or does it broadly. So it's hard to say educational means K-12, or covers college, grad school etc. It means what the designee wants it to mean. Lawyers can carve their scope of practice into whatever shape they want. A hungry lawyer might take everything, a guy with a backlog may pick and choose a bit.
Your best bet is to talk to your local bar association and see if they can steer you, or look up local lawyers in martindale, (Martindale Hubbell) which is the national law directory (it's free online), and see who lists relevant practice areas, and start making phone calls. Many places will give you a free consultation, but for these kind of cases you will be expected to pay an hourly rate, not contingency. So yeah, it can be expensive.