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Q: can my teacher make me put my papers where she wants it but she doesnt care where the other student.

is there a law against that

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 1, 2017

Teachers are not required by law to treat all students equally with regard to where they put their papers.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my mother re enroll me into high school at 18years old?

My mother told me she call re enroll me into high school even though I have not actively attended school for the last year and I just turned 18 within the last month. Is this true?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 1, 2017

Have you not finished HS and graduated? Then you should, and it seems your mother is helping you. You need to complete your HS education - it is important for your future. If you don't want to attend HS, talk to the HS guidance counselor and find out about alternatives, and then talk to your... Read more »

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Q: Can my ex girlfriend move out of the house when she's 19 and graduating in 20 days

Her and her mom are constantly fighting and it's not healthy for her and she needs to get out of that house or she is just going to flip out and I really do care about her still and I never want to see someone I care so much about flip out because of what goes on in her house I just want her out I... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 27, 2017

Yes, of course she can.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Im 18, in highschool, working on getting disability for my migraines and blackouts, my parents want me out in 2 week

I cannot work and only get about 400 a month in child support, not enough to live on.. When i did work, i gave them all my money and child support, even gave them my recent tax returns, about 400. We never agreed on me paying rent but i belive that counts, what do i do??

Let me make it... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 17, 2017

Your parents would have to go through a proper eviction process to get you out. They would have to give you notice, and then file an eviction action in court. If they don't do that, they could be liable to you for improper eviction. But if they do follow the proper eviction process, they could... Read more »

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Q: Can I drop out at 16 still with out a job

N move out

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 10, 2017

If you do, you can end up in juvenile detention. Why would you drop out of school? Everyone needs a proper education to be able to earn a decent living and be productive. Without a job, how/where would you live? Will you have health insurance? What if you get sick or hurt? Talk to your school... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 16 year old is having charges pressed on him by the school for unruly. She I obtain a Lawyer when we got to court?

Not listening and so fourth.

I believe it stems from underlying issues which the school fails to address. Such as depression. But, no one (school counselor or principal ) have tried to speak with him without yelling, and calling me and suspending him. This concerns me.

Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields answered on Apr 6, 2017

You should obtain a lawyer prior to going to court for any criminal matter. A local criminal lawyer will be able to tell you the strength of school's case and how best to handle. The earlier you contact the lawyer before court, the better.

You may also want to reach out to a special...
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Q: Im 16 been trying to drop out since 7 n I was always told I could at 16 n they won't let me now
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 10, 2017

Talk to your school counselor, parents, family members, and others. You need to finish high school and get enough education to be able to support yourself as an adult. That's probably what they are telling you. You can talk to a lawyer, and the lawyer will tell you the same thing. If you quit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: i turning 18 in July and can provide for my for myself can my parents keep me from leaving if i don't graduate?

i have had plans for over a year now and my parents want to interfere in them. the reason i wont graduate is because i transferred from a vocational school back to a regular school due to very limited actual learning there (known everything they taught since 6th grade) and am behind on all my... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 9, 2017

Once you turn 18, you are legally an adult and can make your own decisions, good or bad. If you leave, will you have health insurance? Can you afford to live independently, pay for a car, car insurance, etc.? Why are you not graduating? Do you have plans to complete your education? If not,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Education Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My friend lives with us & is 18, her mom calls when she misses school. Legally can her mom do anything schoolwise?

My mom said that her mom has to sign a piece of paper letting her sign herself in and out of school but she's 18 so i don't think she needs her mom's permission. also, can my friend remove her mom from her guardian list or whatever contacts the parents with absences and information. I don't know... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 14, 2017

Isn't the real question that she is missing school? Obviously, her mother is concerned when she misses school. Are you? Is your mother concerned about that? Why is she even staying with you. If she is 18, she is legally an adult and can make her own decisions. But if she is missing school,... Read more »

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Q: Are teachers allowed to let students pass out tests after they are graded and in the grade? Or would this violate FERPA

A teacher lets students pass out tests/ exams after they are graded and in the education documentation for grades. This would violate FERPA right? I know of the supreme court case against the school district for peer grading but the supreme court dismissed it because it was not in the grade record... Read more »

Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman answered on Jan 27, 2017

You are referring to Owasso Indep. Sch. Dist. No. I-011 v. Falvo, 534 U.S. 426 (2002). I don't read your facts as a violation of FERPA. Here's why. Under the Act, "federal funds are to be withheld from school districts that have `a policy or practice of permitting the release of education... Read more »

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Q: Can someone in Ohio at the age of 17 drop out, for mental illness reasons including (Social Anxiety).

Would a underage kid be able to do GED classes at the age of 17, because they cant do normal ones, online schooling is just stressful?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 13, 2016

Most GED programs require the child no longer be eligible for public high school education, so the answer is probably no. But, a child with serious issues is also entitled to certain considerations under the law. The school may be required to provide appropriate programming.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I alow my 17.5 yr old to drop out of h.s? He works to help me financially. He wants to get his GED. We live in Ohio.

My son will be 18 on May 29th, 2017. I work but don't make enough to pay everything..so he works an helps me out.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 13, 2016

With parental permission, the school can allow him to drop out. But, think this through. He must be close to graduation. His future will look a lot better with a diploma, not a GED. There is a difference.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Criminal Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My fiances daughter told her school that I hit her then said she played with her sister and fell fccs is coming to check

I have never hit her I spanked her times in 3 years. She told us 2 weeks ago the exact same thing about her teacher. She is slow also and says alot that doesn't make sense. Should we be worried. We are a week from having our son and are now worried child services will try to take our kids.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 22, 2016

If you are not married, then the kids are not necessarily "our kids." The mother has sole legal custody of the children unless there has been some sort of court order establishing parental rights, or an adoption, etc. Child services will investigate the situation and determine what is necessary... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Im 18 and was kicked out of school if they informed child services will my mother be put in jail for this?

It was an online school and it was for failed attendance.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 7, 2016

I doubt it. They may be some consequences for both of you, but jail would be extreme.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Being charged disorderly conduct for a fight in school how to fight

The person that struck him thought he threw food at him so this is why he hit my son camera shows the other person hit first my son was grabbed by a police officer before he could do anything but my son was very upset and asked to be restrained so he did not do anything stupid

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 9, 2016

The best thing to do with any charge is to hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a 16 almost 17 yr old and I'm giving my permission to let him drop out ..

Do I also need permission from someone at the school?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 3, 2016

This is in the Ohio forum, though it gives your location as MI. In OH, you do technically need school permission to drop out.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Immigration Law for Ohio on
Q: Do high school students from refugee camps with transcripts have to graduate in less than four years to be "on time"?

It is the school district's policy to start a student's high school "graduation clock" based on when they started high school anywhere in the world. When students from refugee camps bring in transcripts showing they have completed any coursework, those credits are honored but the student is... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 25, 2016

It's unclear what your stake in this is. Are you a student? A parent? A taxpayer? A teacher? An administrator? I'm not aware of any provision which would make an otherwise untimely graduation timely, or discount it, simply because the student arrived from a foreign country or refugee camp. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Immigration Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm an international junior undergraduate on F-1 status.Can I be guardian for my brother who is 6th grade to study in US

the private schools accept him but we are unsure of guardianship. I'm over 21 years old. I have a job on campus and my family can provide more than enough the financial responsibility requirement. Can a F-1 student be guardian for another F-1 student? I heard that only U.S. citizens could become... Read more »

Shan Dimitris Potts
Shan Dimitris Potts answered on Feb 12, 2016

If you are under 21, i highly doubt you could be your brother's guardian. I suggest you consult with an immigration attorney regarding this matter. Many immigration attorneys including me offer free consultations, make use of the consultations. All the best.

-Shan Potts

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Ohio on
Q: If your 18, can you drop out of school to go to an alternative high school without your parents consent ?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 15, 2015

You can...note however that your parents remain responsible for your shelter, food, education, and healthcare even after you turn 18 provided you remain on track to graduate from high school. If you drop out, you will relieve them of this responsibility, and they can put you on your own.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 17 and I think I'm being falsly accused of truancy. Can someone give me advise.

I'm seventeen and we have recently moved out of state about over a month ago. I have before been in trouble with truancy because My doctor told me I have an infection in my body but all days were excused. We have told my public defender about all medical things and we told him we had moved and he... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 14, 2015

You are represented by an attorney, and so it really is not proper for us to discuss your case with you. I suggest you provide your attorney with confirmation from the new school that the child is enrolled, attending, and doing well.

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