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Lana Lea Traynor

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  • Can He attend graduation and not be in trouble or expelled?

    student suspended & was told can't participate in graduation or in any after school programs. HE has been suspended twice. I just want to know if I can fight what they have on paper.

    Lana’s Answer

    Given the information above, it appears as if there has been some type of disciplinary proceeding against the student in question. I'm not certain if he is subject to a "suspension" only, or, possibly has been "expelled" - and, there is a difference. The school policy and procedures handbook should set forth the disciplinary process and possible ramifications. While there isn't much information to go on in the above scenario, it sounds as if the student needs to seek legal counsel. Violation of a current suspension can be very problematic for a student. And, an expulsion is even worse for a student.

    I'm going to attach a link to the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). This is one resource to search for an attorney who practices education law in your area.

    Good luck.

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  • My friend is 15 years old and his girlfriends teacher took her phone and wrote a text message saying bad things.

    my friend is 15 years old and his girlfriends teacher took her phone and wrote a text message saying to go stick his ***** up his *** and other bad stuff and now their trying to get the teacher fired. His girlfriend wants him to send her a picture...

    Lana’s Answer

    Based on the information provided above, I think it makes the most sense to:

    a) Keep a copy of the text message (there is software available to download text messages into print format);

    b) Print the text message(s) as well as the date/time it was sent - again, there is software that can do this;

    c) Have the friend contact an adult immediately (parent/guardian - a trusted adult) and discuss this situation ASAP.

    I'm not sure if an attorney is warranted at this point, but possibly....when in doubt, consult an attorney. Another thing to consider is the state agency/entity that licenses and regulates teachers in your state. Rationale: Teachers are required to adhere to certain set of ethical standards and that issue may need to be explored.

    Good luck!

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  • Can my autistic child be denied entry to kindergarten because of the age cut off?

    To enter kindergarten the child must be 5 by September 1st. My sons birthday is september 5th. He is diagnosed autistic and his last doctors appointment I was told by the psychologist to fight to have him in kindergarten sooner. The public scho...

    Lana’s Answer

    Unfortunately, the date of cut-off is governed, typically, by statutes (laws) and there isn't much you can do even with a doctor's note and the issue of disability. I don't practice in your state, but my first thought is this: can he continue to receive special education services through the Early Childhood Special Education program (if that exists in your area)? Otherwise, the age/cut-off deadline of September 1st really is a general education, not a special education issue.

    I'll add a link to a website where you can search for an attorney in your area, though, so you can explore this more if you want to do so.

    Good luck.

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  • In the State of California, Can my school tell me i cannot graduate when i have over the amount of required Credits?

    i have 296 credits and the required amount of credits is 230, if they did not give me credit for health when i in fact took the class and did the work?

    Lana’s Answer

    The State of California sets the base (minimum) amount/type of credits required to receive a regular (standard) high school diploma. School districts can add to those requirements. Even if you have MORE than enough (total number-wise) of credits, those credits must be in the correct area(s) in order to count toward the diploma. So, you may want to talk to your school and find out what you need to do to get the right type of credit(s) required to graduate. Don't give up and good luck!

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  • Is it legal in virginia to ban a field trip because of one special needs child

    It is a class trip to washington D.C. and the child in question has what appears to be a servere case of autism, and cannot ride a charter bus, which the class would take. Therefor, the school has not allowed this field trip.

    Lana’s Answer

    More information needed, please:

    a) How do you know for certain that there is a link between a student with special needs/cancellation of the field trip?

    b) Public or private school?

    Thanks.

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  • I want to send my child next year back to the 8th grade she in the 9th right now can i do that is that illegal yes or no

    I want to send my child next year back to the 8th grade she in the 9th right now can i do that is that illegal yes or no

    Lana’s Answer

    Hello! I think this may be a double posting on the Avvo website because it's answered elsewhere. Good luck to you.

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  • I want to send my child next year back to the 8th grade she in the 9th right now can i do that the teachers are saying no

    i want to send my child next year back to the 8th grade she in the 9th right now can i do that the teachers are saying no

    Lana’s Answer

    What you are talking about is "retention" or retaining a student in a current grade with a "twist" added to it....if I understand your situation correctly, you want to move her back two grades because in Fall 2012, she should, technically, be a 10th grader, but you want to place her in the 8th grade. Honestly, there is so much research to indicate that this is not a good idea developmentally for students. One grade retention is extremely difficult, let alone two grade retention....I just don't see this happen and it's regular education matter for the educators to have the ultimate (final) say.

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  • Major No CA university violation of Code of Student Conduct - Need legal representation in front of University panel hearing

    My son, finishing his junior year at a major No CA university, needs legal assistance advising him in a university disciplinary panel . He is a high-acheiving student, holding numerous prestigious positions...From a document he received: you have...

    Lana’s Answer

    You are correct that disciplinary hearings are significant issues that merit immediate attention. Specifically, these hearings can carry potentially life-altering consequences. I recommend that you consult an attorney ASAP who focuses on education-related matters, specifically an attorney with experience in higher education (post-high school) disciplinary proceedings. I'll paste a couple links to two resources that should get you started on your way of interviewing possible attorneys. Again, please, please, please do so ASAP. And, good luck.

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  • Do i have a lawsuit against the school board

    my son has been harassed by principle and teachers from bath co high school he graduates this year but hes not loud to walk across stage and get his delpolmia and has had wrongful proscution never proved he done anything wrong but proscuted him an...

    Lana’s Answer

    From the bare facts set forth above, it sounds like an uphill battle because of the immunity defense (likely to be invoked. You don't give enough information to detail the exact facts/issues in question, though.

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  • Can I sue Concorde Career Institute School?

    I took Medical Billing/Coding course. They did not give me any billing or coding experience in my externship, therefore I could not get a job doing billing and coding because I did not have experience.

    Lana’s Answer

    Maybe, but you will need to consult an attorney who focuses on contract law. Be sure to take all documentation with you, including contract, progress notes (if any), emails, written notes, etc.

    I'm attaching a link to the Florida Bar (the entity that licenses and regulates attorneys in your state), which has a lawyer referral program. I recommend that you contact the Florida Bar, give basic information as set forth above, and asked to be connected to attorney(s) in your area.

    Good luck!

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