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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on

Q: My special needs sonis being singled out, punished, threatened, and bullied athis school no one will help can u help?

my son is diagnosed and receives ssi from the government for his condition. They havet him in a school with other children who have been kicked out of regular school for fighting and other things. My son has an iep and they put in a secial needs kid with bullies and when he stands up for himself he... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Oct 18, 2018

I am sad to read about this matter.

I am struck that you would follows anyone's recommendation to physically punish your special needs child. Have you ever attended your child's IEP review?

Have you ever sought out the independent ombudsmen who assist in these situations?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: Am I able to get paperwork from the school?

If my ex has primary legal and physical custody of our child, am I allowed to get proof where he is enrolled in school? Is the school allowed to give me that since I am his father? I do have visitation rights.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 6, 2018

You should have full access to such records if you have joint legal custody. If you have no custodial right you can't.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Education Law for Alabama on

Q: If divorce papers say child is to go to a certain school, what can be done if ex puts child in different school?

Child, supposedly, has not been enrolled in the other school yet. But my ex has said it is planned my child will go to school different from what divorce papers say.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 2, 2018

If your spouse sends the child to a school in violation of the order, you can file a motion with the Court that will allow your spouse to explain to the judge why he or she is not in contempt of the Court's order.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Education Law for Alabama on

Q: In Alabama could I get in any trouble for my attendance when I’m 17 years old. Could it effect having to repeat.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Dec 18, 2017

I assume you are asking if you can get in trouble for refusing to go to school? Yes, because you are 17 you could be the subject of a CHINS petition. Try your question again and give some details

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on

Q: Hello, is my private school allowed to print off my text messages without my permission?

Hello, is my private school allowed to print off my text messages without my permission? They never took my phone away but said they have a script of my message that they got from somewhere. I never gave them permission and I never signed anything throughout the year that allows them to do that. Is... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 23, 2016

Don't see how they could have done that. Now they may have gotten your "message" from another person--the other person is free to print off anything you email or text them, give it or forward it to whoever they wish. Did they say they have all of your texts to anyone? I doubt it. Probably just... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Education Law for Alabama on

Q: A contract for my child's school requires signature of both parents, but only my wife signed. Is the contract valid?

The contract says the full amount of tuition is still payable if we withdraw our children from the school during the year. Also, we know of multiple other families that have left the school without being required to fulfill their contract, even this year. Could they require us to fulfill our... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 13, 2015

If your wife is the only one who signed it, she is probably the only one liable.

Yes, they can require her to pay without requiring others to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Alabama on

Q: What do I need to do to finish school in another state??

The age of majority in OK is 18 but it is 19 in AL!! I turn 19 in a few months!! What has to be done for me to for me to do to go to school!!

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 27, 2015

Please give a few facts. What are you trying to do? What school? College, high-school, what?

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