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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

If my child has special needs or is in special education, what rights do I have with the school district?

's Profile Image Your child has a right to a free and appropriate public education. They also have the right to be educated in the least restrictive environment. That means if your child has special needs, he or she has the right to be educated with students who do n… Read More

If the school district is not following my child’s IEP or the IEP is not working, what can I do?

's Profile Image If a school district is not following your child’s IEP or it’s not working, the first thing you should do is request an IEP meeting. This can be done through either the district’s special education coordinator or the school’s… Read More

What is a 504 plan?

's Profile Image If your child does not qualify for an IEP plan, he or she may qualify for a 504 Plan. 504 refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It’s a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on a disability. Your child has to be treated just… Read More

What is due process in a school setting?

's Profile Image Due process in a school setting means a few different things. It means you’re innocent until proven guilty, you have to have notice of what you did wrong, and an opportunity to be heard. The United States Supreme Court has said that due process… Read More

What is FERPA?

's Profile Image FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It’s a federal law designed to do two things. Number one, it protects student’s education records. Number two, it gives students access to their education records. Read More

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