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Can a teacher lead a prayer at a Florida public school?

's Profile Image It is unconstitutional for a teacher to pray with or pray in the presence of students at a public school in Florida. Due to the unique nature of a public school teacher, they’re considered government employees and any prayer by such an employee… Read More

Can I speak at Florida school board meetings?

's Profile Image Generally, yes, you can speak at school board meetings in the State of Florida. In accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law, school board meetings are open to the public except for some contract negotiations. You should consult with your local sc… Read More

Can I sue a school in Florida for violating FERPA?

's Profile Image Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that students do not have a private action under FERPA. However, you may have an action under Florida state law. For instance, there could be privacy violations or perhaps a negligence claim th… Read More

Can my child be suspended from a Florida public school without a hearing?

's Profile Image Whether or not your child could be suspended from a public school in the State of Florida without a hearing depends on the nature of the suspension. If the suspension is for less than 10 days then the child has a right to be heard, but not necessaril… Read More

Can my child pray at a public school in Florida?

's Profile Image Your child can individually pray at a Florida public school so long as the prayer is not coercive or doesn’t disrupt the school. For example, your child can say a blessing before his or her meal at lunch, however, the school cannot sponsor or b… Read More

Can my child’s conversations at home on the phone or computer with friends lead to discipline at a Florida school?

's Profile Image Whether or not your child’s conversations at home, whether on a telephone or a computer, can lead to disciplinary action at school, really depends on the facts. For example, if a child is having a conversation about bullying or harming another… Read More

If a college graduate or doctoral student is dismissed from school, what legal options do they have?

's Profile Image There may be several legal options available depending upon whether or not the school is a public school or a private school. Most schools have some sort of internal appeal process. That process should be exhausted. If it is a public school, you also… Read More

If a college or graduate school files academic or disciplinary charges against a student, does that student need an attorney?

's Profile Image A student is not required to have an attorney if academic or disciplinary charges have been filed against them. However, having an experienced Education and School Law Attorney is recommended. The reason being is that because many times these policie… Read More

If I think my child has special needs and he is not in special education, what rights do I have with the school district?

's Profile Image If you think your child has special needs, the first thing you should do is contact the district’s special ed coordinator or the school’s principal, and request that your child be evaluated under the IDEA. Read More

If my child brings a backpack to school in Florida, can it be searched?

's Profile Image In 1985, the United States Supreme Court ruled that schools can conduct searches so long as there is a reasonable suspicion that a crime either has been committed, is in the process of being committed, or some school rule has been violated. That sear… Read More

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