Washington Education Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can public schools make transgender students use private bathrooms only?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Washington on
Answered on Dec 26, 2018
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
See: https://www.aclu-wa.org/docs/rights-transgender-people-washington-state

See: https://kctransguide.org/your-rights-in-washington-state/

That sounds like a possible violation of WA State law re: allowing transgender people to use public restrooms. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials,...

Q: can i sue a school for mis handeling my federal student funds

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Washington on
Answered on Dec 26, 2018
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
It depends on what you mean by mishandled. If they violated laws re: the disbursements, that's one thing. If they are refusing to release to you your funds for valid reasons such as non-enrollment, that's a different story. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my...

Q: my son told me he was molested 2 years ago by another kid. the bus and the school failed to notify us what can we do?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 29, 2018
Ryan Ford's answer
Do you have reason to believe that the bus driver or school or school district was aware your son was molested by the other child?

Q: There is a group of teachers being bullied by our principal. We have gone to HR several years with the same complaints.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Washington on
Answered on Jun 28, 2018
Ryan Ford's answer
What is the nature of the bullying? Please provide more detail. Thank you.

Q: My district won't evaluate my kid for special needs -- how do I appeal this?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Washington on
Answered on Feb 25, 2018
Lori E. Arons' answer
As a parent, guardian or advocate, you have a legal right to request that your public school evaluate your child for special education. Federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as amended in 2004 (IDEA), gives you that right. States are obligated “identify, locate, and evaluate every child who may have a disability requiring special education services.” When there is suspicion that a child has a disability, parents and educators have a responsibility and a right to...

Q: My sons school has not followed the bulling policy by legislation. What are the next steps?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
Ryan Ford's answer
Regarding the bullying issue you could file a formal Harassment, Intimidation Bullying (HIB) complaint with the District.

Depending on the nature of the bullying and the District's failures you may have a viable negligence or Section 504 lawsuit against the District.

If the District failure to follow your son's IEP resulted in a denial of FAPE, you could file a due process complaint against the District.

I would need more facts to provide additional analysis for...

Q: is there a law that daycare centers MUST prorate for days the child misses it they are there full time?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Family Law and Education Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 3, 2017
Ryan Ford's answer
There's no law that I'm aware of. You look at the terms of the contract you signed and agreed to. If the contract says prorate, you prorate. If the contract says it's a fixed rate regardless of days missed, you pay in full. If the contract is silent, there's a decent argument the fee should be prorated because the daycare center is the drafter and ambiguities in a contract are decided favorably for the non-drafting party. Additionally, there are common law theories to contracting your...

Q: How old do you have to be to drop out of highschool on your own in Washington state?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 11, 2017
Ryan Ford's answer
Like all other states, Washington State has a compulsory attendance law. For Washington, children from 8 - 18 must attend school with few exceptions.

Q: Can you record conversation that you are a party too?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Education Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 11, 2017
Ryan Ford's answer
No. Pursuant to RCW 9.73.030, you may not record your conversation with the office employee without her consent. RCW 9.73.030 does, however, offer a caveat:

"Where consent by all parties is needed pursuant to this chapter, consent shall be considered obtained whenever one party has announced to all other parties engaged in the communication or conversation, in any reasonably effective manner, that such communication or conversation is about to be recorded or transmitted: PROVIDED,...

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