Michelle Alissa Ball’s Answers

Michelle Alissa Ball

Sacramento Education Law Attorney.

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  1. Did police and school administration violate my son's civil rights?? Can I sue on behalf of my son??

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Golnar Sargeant
    2. Michelle Alissa Ball
    3. John Douglas Lloyd
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    4 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, once a student is under the authority of the schools, school officials may question that student. They do not need parental consent for a student to develop a statement. They need "reasonable suspicion" to search a student or the student can consent to the search. Parents may caution their child not to answer questions, write statements, and to repeat polite requests to call their parent, even handing school authorities a pre-printed card with the parents instructions to try...

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  2. Bullying at school campus

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Michelle Alissa Ball
    2. Christine C McCall
    3. Alexis Riley
    3 lawyer answers

    Locate the bullying report process and form(s) for your school/district and consider submitting a written report. I am linking my blog I wrote this week on this exact subject (below). You may want to file a written appeal on the suspension if they have a process. Even if not, you can contact the District to try to get it reversed and the situation handled. Bullying is a serious concern. Discipline to the bullied child is also an issue: I have seen students who are bullied and fight...

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  3. Does the school have to change their track and field program to support my child who has Asthma

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Michelle Alissa Ball
    2. Golnar Sargeant
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree you need to provide medical documentation to the school. You should also request a 504 evaluation and meeting to set up an accommodation plan. A section 504 plan is a plan put in place for students who have a disabling condition which impacts a major life activity, such as learning, breathing, etc. To get a good 504, often you do need an attorney. The school should address this issue. Best of luck, Michelle Ball Law Office of Michelle Ball California Education Attorney...

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  4. My son pepper sprayed a girl after school because she told him she doesn't want to date him.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Christine C McCall
    2. John M. Kaman
    3. Michelle Alissa Ball
    4. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    5. Donald G. Henslee
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    This is a terrible situation! You can't bribe someone not to tell, but he could be expelled for this activity. As this was at a bus stop, the school will likely find out and will have jurisdiction over this. If he is a special education of 504 student (disabilities), he may have some protections. A good education attorney and perhaps a juvenile attorney, if criminal charges are filed, will likely be needed. Best of luck, Michelle Ball Law Office of Michelle Ball California Education...

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  5. Can high school school officials prevent a boyfriend from attending a meeting w/her son when the parent requests my presence?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Michelle Alissa Ball
    2. Christine C McCall
    2 lawyer answers

    Mom could have offered to sign a waiver/release for you to attend. Often parents bring others with them to meetings (advocates, relatives, etc.) and it is fine. She may want to try that for future meetings. She can also bring a lawyer if she does not want to go alone and they will likely bring theirs. Best of luck, Michelle Ball Law Office of Michelle Ball California Education Attorney advocating for the rights of parents and students since 1995.

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  6. My children's school ignores me? What can I do about it?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Michelle Alissa Ball
    2. Robin Mashal
    2 lawyer answers

    Hello: Yes, you must address the custody issues first. If you had some form of legal custody rights (decision-making/legal custody- please talk to your family attorney), this would likely give you rights to hear from/communicate with the school. They are not supposed to communicate with anyone who is not legally authorized to receive information. You could also ask your ex to provide a written release so you could obtain information as well. Once you have the proper authorization, if...

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  7. I feel like I am being harassed at school by a fellow student. We are both in student gov, is this harassment and cyberstalking?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Michelle Alissa Ball
    2. Steven Alan Fink
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    Hi: These threats can get the student suspended or expelled. Document what she is doing and bring it to the administration. If there are witnesses, you may want to give them statements from the other students and/or the students' names. They are obligated to take action and resolve the situation. This is bullying. You also may want to file a police report to document this situation. If you can't get anywhere on your own, having an attorney contact them should assist as well. Be sure...

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  8. High school Teacher gave lower grade because student take favor of President Obama and Democrat party also she hate minorities.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Michelle Alissa Ball
    2. Golnar Sargeant
    2 lawyer answers

    You can file a grade appeal as outlined in California Education Code section 49066 (link below) based on bad faith (and other bases, see below and link). You can also file a complaint alleging racial discrimination IF there is a basis (nothing on race outlined above but this is stated in your title) via the District complaint process. Here is the first section of 49066 which outlines the basis for appeal. "(a) When grades are given for any course of instruction taught in a school...

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  9. LAUSD denied my request for an IEP, what recourse do I have?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michelle Alissa Ball
    2. Marcie Lynn Gardner
    3. Grifan Cayce-Heathers
    3 lawyer answers

    Hello: These matters can be very complicated, and this answer cannot cover the breadth of the matter. The first thing which usually is done is to request an assessment in writing from the district. You can also submit your own assessment, but would expect them to also conduct an assessment. Once they complete their assessment, an IEP meeting would be scheduled. If you don't like what they come up with, you can file a request for a special education due process hearing. For all of it, an...

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  10. My 4 year old child left his unfenced school campus 3 times. Do we have grounds to sue the school board?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Michelle Alissa Ball
    2. Golnar Sargeant
    3. Donald G. Henslee
    3 lawyer answers

    The school is responsible for the safety of your son when he is under their watch. This is a known and repeated issue and they need to solve this problem, be it with an aide every day during lunch, via the IEP process (e.g. new related service of aide during lunch/breaks) or otherwise. Best of luck, Michelle Ball Law Office of Michelle Ball California Education Attorney advocating for the rights of parents and students since 1995.

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