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Q: Can my 18 year old that is still in high school move out of my home without my consent?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 5, 2020

Yes. An 18 year old is an adult and can move where he or she pleases. As long as they remain in high school, you are legally required to put a roof over their head if they want it, but they are not required to stay.

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Q: If I am 16 in Butler county Ohio can I legally dropout?

I'm ridiculously behind on my credits and classwork, my parents have fallen into a legal gray area. Can I dropout? I have 7.5 credits and i'm in junior year.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 15, 2020

The counselors at your school should be able to tell you what the guidelines in your district or county are. It may be as much a personal decision as one of regulations so far as staying in school goes. No one is going to drag you at gunpoint to finish school should you make the decision to drop... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: If I'm on probation, can I drop out when I turn 18?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 28, 2020

Talk to your probation officer, parents, teacher, school counselor, and other trusted adults about what might happen if you do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: I was wondering if I can be expelled from school for something not mentioned in the handbook.

I was accused of something with no proof, given 30 seconds to gather all of my things, expelled for something not mentioned in the handbook and off of school property.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

You can certainly be expelled for something that isn’t in the handbook. They can’t possibly be expected to cover every possible action and most contain some catchall kind of phrase like “other conduct unbecoming of a student.” What are you accused of doing?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: My 11yr old son came home from school Thursday telling me that the teacher/councilor locked him in a room

Wouldn't let him out he was terrified so he wrote SOS on paper and held it up to the window they also called the police on him all this for just getting a attitude.

Dimitrios Makridis
Dimitrios Makridis answered on Jan 15, 2020

Give Albeit Weiker (in Columbus, Ohio) a call. Best education lawyers I know. http://www.awlawohio.com/

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a teacher deduct a grade legally to attend another classes concert after their

Can a teacher make a child attend another classes concert after her own and if she doesn't she will lower the grade? is that legal?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 9, 2020

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for some time. The matter would likely be governed more by school policy than any actual law. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Does 17 year old- whom has graduated from high school have to follow the normal 4109 rules (wage, hours, work permit)

For example, would that 17 year old need a work permit even though they are already in college? Will the work hours limit still apply?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Dec 31, 2019

Under federal law, there are no restrictions on when and how much an employee may work once he or she turns 16. However, 16 and 17 year-old employees are restricted from performing certain hazardous jobs, such as operating heavy machinery or handling dangerous chemicals. Additionally, if an... Read more »

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Q: Can I move out of my house at 18 if im still in school but I would be looking to do online school so I can work
Mark A. Weiker
Mark A. Weiker answered on Nov 24, 2019

Yes, you can. You would need to transfer to an online school and provide your current school with the information needed to effectuate the transfer. Your parents may still have access to your education records if you are a dependent for tax purposes. Good luck--and make sure to finish!

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Q: In Ohio, can 18 year olds call themselves in sick and/or sign themselves out to go home when they are sick?

I am a secretary at an Ohio High School and I often get 18 year old seniors who want to sign themselves in/out or to call themselves in sick without notifying a parent. Our school policy has always been that we must talk to a parent regardless if 18. I can't find anything on the ODE website... Read more »

Mark A. Weiker
Mark A. Weiker answered on Nov 24, 2019

Good question. Under federal law, educational rights (and responsibilities) transfer to the student when they turn 18, even if they are still in school. So a student can sign themselves out or report their own absences once they turn 18. However, an exception to this FERPA rule allows schools to... Read more »

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Q: Is it illegal for a teacher to post pictures of their students on social media without consent in Ohio?
Mark A. Weiker
Mark A. Weiker answered on Nov 24, 2019

The short answer is probably not.

First, there is no illegality for teachers of private schools in this scenario. Private schools and their teachers are typically not covered by student privacy laws. There may be school policies that prohibit the sharing of student identities online, but...
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Q: how is it legal for a school district to discriminate students who live within 2 miles of the school and NOT be require.

Ohio revised code 3327.01. we all pay same tax

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 25, 2019

Because the community has decided to spend its money on busing for kids that can’t walk to school. The state of Ohio requires all community to offer this minimal bus service. Your local community could offer more. But all governments have to prioritize how they spend they’re money.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I/How do I oppose my university??

Hello! I am a university at a state school, in a highly competitive college/program. I am in my fourth and final year and will be graduating in May. I've had around 90% scholarship in my time here, with my junior year being fully covered, and my senior year as well... so I thought. I recently... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 8, 2019

A university makes scholarship decisions. If they made a mistake and want their money back, they could withhold your diploma until repaid. You could get an attorney involved. That might delay things. You can use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain an attorney to review the facts and attend the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 18 and I was wondering if truancy laws would still apply to me?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 26, 2019

For any violations which occurred before your 18th birthday, yes they do. Now that your 18, you can drop out if you want to...not a good idea though

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 16, am I able to change my custody to my mom from my dad to switch schools & get out of a bad environment wout court

So my dad just remarried a few years back and the house had became a terrible environment for me to live in. I get treated unfairly because my step siblings seem like they are the star of the show. They do things without permisson and get away with it but it would be totally different if it was me.... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 23, 2019

The court makes that determination. Your mother would have to file with the court to ask for a change. The court will take your desire into account, but might not agree to the change.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Ohio on
Q: What is the statue of limitations in cases that involve special education?
Lori E. Arons
Lori E. Arons answered on Jan 14, 2019

The Statute of Limitations in special education matters is two years from when the parents "knew or should have known" about the violation(s), and the remedy is not limited to the two year period preceding the filing, rather the entire period of the violation may be remedied so long as a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: If a child is living with someone that has no legal custody, would they be able to enroll them in school in ohio?

Might take care of a child until Mother of child gets things together. Would not have custody or guardianahip. Would like to be able to enroll child in school.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 1, 2018

It depends on what the school requires as proof of residency. Do you have a power of attorney? Call the school and ask what they require.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If my daughter goes to summer school does Dad get her for visitation when vacation begins or is it after summer school

Dad doesn't help with homework because he feels that's his time and does not keep her on grounding when I ask him to do to poor grades

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 20, 2018

The summer visitation schedule begins as specified in the court's order. If not specific enough, or if it is silent on summer school, then the order might require mediation if you and he cannot agree, or you can file with the court for a modification. Consult your attorney or use the Find a... Read more »

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Q: Im 18 and plan dropout of high school and move out of state. do i need parental consent to do so?

my father is verbally abusive and is very manipulative to others. i want to move out of state to my fiances house with him. i would need to drop out to do this but do i need parental consent to drop out?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 22, 2018

You are 18. You are legally an adult. You can make your own decisions now about everything. But, please, don't just drop out of school, enroll yourself where you are planning to move.

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Q: Can I get suspended from school for lying to principal?

I did acid this weekend, and i was upset that i did it. So i wanted to go and talk to someone about it. I told my principal because she promised she wouldn’t tell anybody. As soon as i told her the story she said “what are the names of your friends” I said “I don’t know i forgot” then... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 20, 2018

This is a matter of school policy, not law. It is very likely that you can be suspended for lying to the principal.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my child's school force me to put my son in counseling?

My son was 9 at the time and for show and tell brought a bb gun into school. He was expelled. But at the expulsion hearing they allowed him to return with a list of things to be completed. Such as good attendance, complete homework, check in every morning with the counselor, Take his meds etc etc... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 13, 2018

The school can impose conditions on allowing re-enrollment. You can choose not to comply, but then find another school. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney familiar with civil rights and school cases.

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