Trenton, MI asked in Education Law for Michigan

Q: What is legal recourse if a school district refuses to allow a parent to enroll children in school?

Michigan: Parents divorced, both parents have joint legal custody, Mom removed children from school district (and moved 20 miles away) without permission from Father or from court, Court ordered children to be returned, Father reestablished residency within school district and has court order for children to be re-enrolled back into the school district. School district isn't replying to my requests to re-enroll my kids. Not sure if it's retaliation for having an issue and filing complaints with State school board for the virtual school 1st grade teacher doing a horrible job, or for the Principle acting in a discriminating manner allowing my ex-wife to make educational decisions, but requiring me to get ex's agreement, or calling for their resignation at a school board meeting, or looking for others on local facebook groups who have had similar issues, or the complaints I filed with the US DOE OCR. They won't even reply to my attorney who has provided the documentation to theirs.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
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  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: The part about you "reestablishing residency" confuses me and may be an issue here. You should flush that out with your attorney. Given the history you have with the school, it should come as no surprise that they are not bending over backward to accommodate you. Are they legally right? Perhaps not. But with all the issues you present, it seems to me you would be wise to look for alternatives.

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
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  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Being represented by what I presume is a divorce attorney, you might ask your attorney to connect you with another attorney for this particular situation.

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