Education Legal Questions and Answers

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Can a Student Be Guilty of Plagiarism if the Teacher Didn't Instruct on How to Cite Sources?

A 6th grade teacher made the following assignment: 'Research a Greek god or goddess and design a poster about that god. Included in the poster must be: Name of the god or goddess as the title, what they are god or goddess over, symbols for the god/goddess, who they are related to, drawing or picture, mythological ideas about that god.' The 6th grade child copied and printed...

12/18/2010   |   Category: Education   |   State: Tennessee   |   #23837

Can Cameras be used to Document Discipline Problems at School?

May teachers in Texas photograph students to document disciplinary issues?

08/30/2010   |   Category: Education   |   State: Texas   |   #23056

Do I Need to File for Emancipation for a Grant if the Child is 21?

My son is 21 and needs to file for emancipation in order to get federal grant for college.

08/24/2010   |   Category: Education   |   State: Illinois   |   #23000

May we claim a religious exemption from immunizations for school in Virginia?

As a resident of Pennsylvania I have taken a religious exemption for immunizations for my son which had been accepted for PA school attendance. May he continue this exemption to attend college in the state of Virginia?

07/29/2010   |   Category: Education   |   State: Pennsylvania   |   #22788

Can I Prevent My Ex-Husband From Getting Access to School Records?

I am a mother and sole legal & physical custodian of two minor children. Their father has every other weekend visitation rights. I am also pro se in court. My daughter attends public school as a second grade student and my son will attend the same school next year as a kindergarten student.I understand the FERPA laws and don't have a problem with the children's father seein...

04/26/2010   |   Category: Education   |   State: Illinois   |   #21915

What are The Class Size and Ratio Limits for Teaching Classes in Virginia?

How many classes and grade levels can a school make you teach in one day? i am currently teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade (Math, History, English, and Science). No breaks no aides. Alternative Ed school

01/25/2010   |   Category: Education   |   State: Virginia   |   #20615

Can I Make the School Transfer My Son to Another Classroom?

We have a problem with my sons teacher, 4th grade. Its an abuse of power. The teacher humiliated my son in front of the class. after we contacted the teacher to figure out if the issue was something my son did. we realize the teacher is on her high horse. the next day the teacher addressed the class about lies and time consumption on the phone again addressing my son. we were a...

11/16/2009   |   Category: Education   |   State: Texas   |   #19649

Can A Tenured Teacher Be Fired For Lack of Supervision in Alabama?

If a teacher is caught not in his classroom but in his office which has no view of the classroom, and is not overseeing his students, and said students sexually assaulted 2 girls and as result police charge 4 boys in the matter. Plus, in a second class the same teacher is in his office not classroom and is aware that a strip card game is going on in the unattended classroom but...

07/01/2009   |   Category: Education   |   State: Alabama   |   #17290

Did I violate any federal laws with a reward party for my students after testing?

I teach school at a middle school in Texas and I was informed that I had made a major violation of FERPA laws when I rewarded kids who had passed the TAKS test with a pizza party. I sent the list of names of the kids who were to participate on the schools e-mail. The results of the test had been released to parents previously, so I didn't think there was any violation. Did I vi...

06/02/2009   |   Category: Education   |   State: Texas   |   #16850

Are there Regulations for Private In Home Classes In Texas?

I teach children (ages 2 and up) Russian Musik and Art twice a week at my house. I also contract some work out to assistants and specialty teachers. Are there any restrictions for group classes at home?

03/11/2009   |   Category: Education   |   State: Texas   |   #15558
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