Florida Education Law Questions & Answers

Q: Is it legal to put fake names, birthdays, and answering not honestly for a valentines day matching survey?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Feb 12, 2019
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
In a word, yes. It's not illegal to lie to a non-governmental institution, at least if it's not under oath.

Q: Is it illegal not to answer questions from a police officer in high school?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
You can refuse to answer if what you would say would tend to incriminate you. No, you still have your constitutional rights in school.

Q: Can I do activities with my child in school as a felon?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 8, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
That is up to the school.

Q: Is it legal for an elementary private school (In Florida) to force you to pay for their Tuition insurance plan?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 23, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Certainly; If you don't want to pay for the insurance, don't enroll.

Q: Can I fight for custody of my 11 year old son and have him returned to Florida?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Jun 19, 2018
Scott Michael Weiss' answer
A lot of this depends on what court orders are in place , and what if anything has been filed in the past 2 years.

Q: Can I sue the school for failing to protect my child?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Answered on Apr 20, 2018
Stephen Arnold Black's answer
If the school was on notice that your child was being bullied and failed to stop the problem, then the school may be liable. In addition the parents of the bully may also be liable. Discuss in private with counsel.

Q: I was promised a well-paying job after graduation from Full Sail University, but now I am unemployed

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Mar 30, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
And, I assume, you are looking for an attorney to represent you in litigation against the university. Search for an attorney who emphasizes such litigation in your area.

Q: Can an 18 year old be forced to stay in school or can he live with his mother in another state

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
18 is the age of majority in most states, including Florida. As an adult he can live with whichever parent will have him, and the other parent cannot object. Since you have not stated where he is now, I suppose it's possible that the truancy laws of his present location can require him to continue high school after turning 18 (if that's what you are asking), but I very much doubt it.

Q: if a 18 year old gets a 16 year old pregnant but they’re both still in high school can the 18 year old go to jail ?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Answered on Feb 6, 2018
Lori E. Arons' answer
This is not an education law question, it is a criminal law question. I am not licensed in Florida, but did find on the web the following:

"The Florida Age of Consent is 18 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 17 or younger in Florida are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for...

Q: Is it legal for a hs officer -who did not witness the event- to issue a county citation on the word of a teacher?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 30, 2018
Andy Wayne Williamson's answer
I understand your frustration, but this is more complex of a situation than can be handled via this type of online forum. You do not state your relationship to the minor, but if you desire to do something the clock is ticking as the schools policies and procedures likely set a short window of time to file for an appeal. You need to consult with an attorney in your area familiar with dealing with school discipline issues or a criminal defense attorney.

Good luck.

Q: I am considering settling a school loan debt for less than the amount. How wil this effect next year's taxes?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Collections and Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 15, 2018
Barry W. Kaufman's answer
It's possible you could receive a 1099 for the difference of the amount you owed and the settlement amount. That difference is taxed as income. Talk to a tax professional.

Q: Do I have a decent case on my hands?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 3, 2018
Andy Wayne Williamson's answer
Yes. Consult with an attorney on this issue. That is a good first step.

Q: Can a 19 year old get kicked out of the house and still goes to high school

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 21, 2017
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
It would depend upon the rules and regulations of the local school board.

Q: Could i get into trouble for skipping school in florida if i am 19

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
No. The truancy laws in Florida only apply to students under the age of 16.

Q: Okay. My friend is 16 he doesnt have a high school dep. Or GED. No licence. Lives in florida. He had a daughter with 19

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
He should probably begin by contacting an attorney in the state where the mother and daughter are located. If he sues for visitation, and the daughter has been in another state for at least six months, he would have to sue there.

Q: Can a school allow "hearsay" in witness statements from students when describing an incident?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 2, 2017
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
A school is not a court of law. Therefor hearsay is allowed.

Q: I'm in a nursing program and every week we have to do clinicals or class hours which are accounted differently .

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Formation and Education Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 1, 2017
Ayesha Chidolue's answer
Your best bet is to have an attorney review the program and attendance requirements and to help you determine your next cause of action.

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