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3 Answers | Asked in Education Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My wife has some mental health problems and refuses to allow my 12 year old son to attend school. What can I do?

My son attends 6th grade at a public school but is often absent. If I try to take him to school myself, my wife becomes verbally and physically abusive. She has made numerous allegations of child abuse against me, all of which have been investigate and found to be untrue. The school district... View More

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Feb 15, 2024

This is far more than a school issue- and seems like a family law matter, as educational rights may need to be determined.

Parents do have obligations for their kids to attend school or face truancy allegations, but there are options including private school, home school, charter schools,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law for California on
Q: Can you sue a school for causing emotional abuse to a child in special education?
Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Feb 13, 2024

This is certainly a complex question. In special education, there is a hearing process for special education disputes through the state, and there are compliance complaints that can be filed. There may be litigation options for damages that are not covered under this process.

Often...
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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: What are some special education rights for students regarding specific preferred Individuals.

What are some special education rights for students regarding specific preferred Individuals as their mental health service provider.

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Feb 10, 2024

Special education students have tons of rights, and in fact most parents have no idea how powerful their rights are.

They can get free mental health, educational, behavioral, speech, and other services through their local school district if they qualify. Most schools slack, and parents are...
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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law for California on
Q: My son is in 6th grade missed several days due to illnesses . . Junior high is denying his application

My son has been sick up and on the school year. All of his absences. have an excuse most have doctors notes. The parents choice Public Junior High we are applying to is denying his admission due to excessive absences, even though they are due to illness. He meets all the other guidelines day,... View More

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Apr 17, 2024

This sounds like a private school. Private schools often set their own entrance requirements or mandates for admission. Depending on the type of school, they may have even broader ability to exclude students They may have entrance mandates that include the prior year attendance, or other... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Education Law for California on
Q: While completing FAFSA, it asks about my residence status. I am a refugee with a SSN, how to identify the date?

Hello there! I am a refugee, and currently trying to apply for FAFSA, being in California. The very first question in the form is: what is the date, when you became a legal resident? How can understand whether or not I am a resident? (I’ve been living in the U.S. for more than a year and I do... View More

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Feb 15, 2024

This would probably be a question for an Immigration Law attorney.

Please be advised that this does not constitute legal advice nor form an attorney client relationship. Nothing herein is confidential and it is advised that all legal questions be evaluated by a direct consultation with a...
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3 Answers | Asked in Education Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Do school principles have a right to suspend students for advocating for themselves?

My child was advocating the story is a student in my child's classroom was being very spiteful and aggressive towards my child and at the end of the day my child went to go talk to the parent and the parent got angry and aggressive and then I receive a phone call from the school principal and... View More

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Feb 1, 2024

Hello:

There are free speech issues, and issues with the parent involved potentially. Additionally, if this is a first time "offense," it may not be legal to suspend the student under California law. https://edlaw4students.com/other-means-correction/

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Q: Can my daughter's school district deny her entry for not going to school during school closures during COVID?

My daughter did not attend school last year due to severe mental health issues. After intensive therapy and rehab she is now ready to go back but her district won't enroll her because she missed the while last year. Can they do that?

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Aug 4, 2022

All students in California are mandated to be enrolled in/receive education from ages 6-18 and this education must be provided by the local school district, generally, where they live unless they were suspended or expelled or attend another entity (private school, etc.).

Special education...
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