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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Texas on
Q: Do colleges have to support SGAs financially and if so how much money do they need to provide?

I am the Parliamentarian for Dallas College Richland Campus and we have a financial problem with our college, they are not providing us enough money so that we may do stuff for students on campus and actually make changes, every time we ask them they shrug us off, can we as SGA sue them or demand a... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 5, 2022

Each year, a portion of a college's student activity fee is allocated to SGA. This is not intended to be the sole source of funding as SGAs are expected to hold their own fund-raising activities throughout the year. Before taking legal action, you need to check to determine whether the... Read more »

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Q: College says I didn’t go to class on days that I did and now threatening to drop me, if I don’t make up those hours.

I go to hair school in Dallas, part of graduating is having a certain amount of hours under your belt. The school days are 3 times a week 10 hour days. The school called me in the office today and said I had missed 12.5 days and said I couldn’t graduate unless I made them up. I told them I... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 1, 2022

There is a practical and a legal aspect to your question. Legally, they can require that you attend school for a certain number of hours and, in order to get a license to engage in that occupation, the State requires that you do so.

The practical aspect is proving that you did, in fact,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Texas on
Q: In Texas, does the school have to stop questioning a child after they requested a parent or lawyer

My daughter's high had three assistant principals continue to question my daughter after she asked for a parent or lawyer to be present.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 29, 2022

Generally, school administrators can question students at school without a parent or guardian being present, whether they ask for a parent or lawyer or not. Some school districts have policies to the contrary. A violation of the district policy may subject the administrator to adverse employment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: I am the custodial parent of a 10 yr. old, the NCP withdrew her from school w/out my permission and moved, can I sue?

He has been violating judges orders and I am in the middle of filing a Petition for Habeas Corpus. I have no idea where he moved. How can the school allow that?

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Apr 15, 2022

File a police report and have him arrested for interfering with custody it is a felony .

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Family Law for Texas on
Q: My dad forced me to quit school in the 7th grade, how do I take legal action

My dad was very abusive and forced me to quit school, I have no further education beyond 7th grade, I am currently 19 years old.

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Mar 12, 2022

I am not sure of there is legally anything you can do at this point . Get you GED and look forward not backward, You could file a police report and see if they can charge your dad but don't count on any criminal charges being filed,

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Texas on
Q: Can I audio record a teacher

Hi, I am a 13 year old attending a middle school in Texas. If I feel uncomfortable in a class am I legally allowed to start an audio recording on my phone so If the teacher does something that could be considered illegal/abusive I can have evidence of it.

Kimberly Winslow
Kimberly Winslow
answered on Oct 28, 2021

Generally speaking, Texas is a single party consent state. That means you can record a conversation you are a part of without notifying the other party. However, at school there is a greater expectation of privacy. It is likely against school rules, and very likely infringes on the rights of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Uncategorized for Texas on
Q: I’ve been trying to research. I can’t find a definitive answer. I am looking at studying law.

Is it still possible for me to become a attorney with a family violence misdemeanor in TX?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Apr 7, 2021

I do not know the answer but the first thing I would research is the investigation relating to the "Declaration of Intent" that all law school students must pass to become an attorney in Texas. The investigation decides whether or not you are mentally and morally fit to become an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Social Security for Texas on
Q: Is it required of teachers to fill out a SSA Teacher Questionnaire for a former student who has graduated and seeking

SSI disability? Is this a federal requirement? Are there consequences for a teacher who doesn't answer.

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Mar 22, 2021

No, it is not mandatory that a teacher complete a Teacher Questionnaire. However, please consider completing either the questionnaire or a letter to describe your former student's functioning because the information you provide is an important part of the disability assessment. For more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Can I sue the school for forcing my son to work out till it caused a Non displaced fibula fracture in his leg!

My son is ten years old weighs 170 and is around 5'4 he was in DAEP a discipline school for kids for a couple weeks during this time he didn't do his homework so his school for a whole school day worked him out for 45mins then 15 mins studies ALL DAY! During these work outs he tells them... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 7, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a month. I'm very sorry for your son's injury. You could reach out to local attorneys to discuss in detail; law firms that handle these types of cases generally offer free initial consults. If the doctor's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Texas on
Q: If a 13-year-old in the 7th grade, in texas suffers from ADD, is there any sort of special help/bonus they can receive?

this student resides in Dallas county and goes to highland park middles school, in the highland park independent school district.

Kimberly Winslow
Kimberly Winslow
answered on Feb 4, 2021

It is possible that your student could qualify for 504 Accommodations or a Special Education (IEP). You may consider requesting an evaluation for eligibility.

In order to be entitled to a special education, the student must have a qualifying disability and the disability must adversely...
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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Domestic Violence and Education Law for Texas on
Q: Remedies for protective order falsely obtained

Protective orders used to recover property coowner

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Dec 27, 2020

If you were served notice of an upcoming protective order hearing, and the attached application included false accusations, then you should hire an attorney to contest the issuance of the order. A protective order is a civil matter, even if the justification is an accusation of criminal behavior,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property and Education Law for Texas on
Q: If someone retypes my contract, different font same words then signs, is this legal and his property, not mine?

Have determined this is not a print program in my issue. I haven't signed it yet. Misrepresentation of fact? An attp to defraud me by his creation of intellectual property?

Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales
answered on Dec 14, 2020

I think you are asking whether, by copying a contract you created, someone is infringing your copyright rights, and if so, how you can stop them or get them to pay you damages.

If your contract is legally considered creative enough to have copyright rights, then the verbatim copying is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Education Law for Texas on
Q: Is it possible to get a texas teacher certificate reinstated after it was voluntarily surrendered permanently.

I am a former educator and in october 2012 I was brought into the district for inappropriate relationship with a student. They showed text messages we shared and asked i wanted to resign or have it go public. I resigned and in January I had my teaching certificate voluntarilly surrendered without... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Jul 24, 2020

Ask an attorney who focuses on a practice area like Administrative Law and/or Professional Licensing.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Education Law for Texas on
Q: My son is a transfer student and their trying to deny him

my son has a 504 in place for a disability and the school is trying to no longer accept him as a transfer student because he wasn't able to be at school alone this year but has kept grades up just because they aren't making money on him can they do this legally if they already knew and... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Jun 5, 2020

This is not a question of criminal law because discrimination is not a crime... although maybe it should be.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Education Law for Texas on
Q: Costo por trámite se residencia americana Bajo entrada legal al país y validación de título profesional.
Adan Vega
Adan Vega
answered on May 25, 2020

El costo depende de la forma como intente obtener la residencia. Por ejemplo, por el trabajo, inversión, por petición familiar, etc. Tendría que conocer los detalles de su caso para determinar la mejor forma para ayudarle.

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Family Law for Texas on
Q: I am only custodial parent. Someone else withdrew my daughter from school without my permission she is 16. Legal?

I know who is sheltering her. I don't know if that same person withdrew her. She knows we want her home but this person allows her to do whatever she wants and opens the door for her. I've sent police, nothing stops it.

Arpita Legha
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Arpita Legha
answered on Apr 8, 2020

I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this during this time. It does not sound like the actions to withdraw your daughter from school were legal. You most likely need to file an enforcement action or another motion to have your daughter brought back to you based on the custody agreement or... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Is Texas a one party consent law for recorded phone conversations? Is this admissible in court?

I need a lawyer for juvenile son with disability. He has been the victim of malicious prosecution

No summons to appear

Detained 17 days proper protocol not followed for suicide watch

Denied medication

“Sentenced” without lawyer

Received “deferred... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Feb 10, 2020

For the purposes of adult criminal law, introducing the recordings will require a witness who is acquainted with the voice of the speakers and can identify them. The witness should be able to establish who made the recording, how it was made, that it is a fair and accurate representation of what... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Texas on
Q: what is the difference from first party and second party
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 16, 2019

In simple terms, it could distinguish the practice of handling a claim through one's own insurance (first-party) or through an outside insurance (third-party). In civil procedure, the terms could be used in new designations for the parties when people who were not part of the original action... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Education Law for Texas on
Q: Do electronic applications/contracts require an electronic signature by the applicant or will a checkbox do?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 18, 2019

As a general matter, without regard to any state-specific laws, either would serve as an acceptance or agreement. A signature is stronger. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Education Law for Texas on
Q: I have legal custody of my kids in Texas, my ex's parents are holding them from me, can I go get my kids from school?

Long story short our house caught fire, I left my kids in LA while we repaired the house, never signed any custody or guardianship, things took longer than expected due to several deaths in my family, since they have had them they tell my kids bad things about me, tell my kids to lie to me,... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
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Rahlita D. Thornton
answered on Nov 11, 2019

Your issues sound very complicated. I do not think that you should follow legal advice on the internet with your facts. You should sit down with an attorney who can properly evaluate your details and issues. You may well have rights to go to your kids school however. But, you need to make sure... Read more »

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