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Diploma Mills Shortchange Everyone
Diploma mills sell counterfeit degrees from real, accredited colleges. Degree mills are similar, but they sell degrees from institutions that don't even exist. The terms are often used interchangeably, but the bottom line is the same. People who have not earned degrees can buy phony ones to get better-paying ... READ MORE

There Are Many (Legal) Ways to Pay For Your Education
For purposes of paying for school, federal law classifies all college students as either dependent on, or independent of, their parents. An independent student is one who is older than 24, married, or who has dependents. Other qualifications include being in graduate school or a veteran of the U.S. military. ... READ MORE

No Ifs, Ands or Buts: Hazing Is Illegal
In many college fraternities and sororities, and other organizations, hazing is a rite of passage. However, hazing is against the law. In legal terms, hazing is the abuse a student must endure to gain admittance to an organization. It includes not only physical harm, such as beating or whipping, but ... READ MORE

The Fundamentals of Online College - and Other - Degrees
The ability to get a college degree online, also called distance learning, can be a great advantage for busy, working students who don't have time to sit in a classroom during regularly scheduled hours. More and more colleges and universities offer online degrees, but not all distance learning institutions ... READ MORE

Things to Consider When Selecting a College or University
Students who are preparing to apply for college have an overwhelming number of schools to choose from. In addition to academics, students may also consider the differences between public colleges, private for-profit colleges, and private non-profit colleges. For students on a budget, the notable difference ... READ MORE

Title IX Provides for Equal Opportunity in College Sports
College sports is a big business, and both federal law and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have rules about opportunities for student athletes. The percentage of students who receive athletic scholarships is very small, but Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act has increased ... READ MORE

529 Plans Help Save for College
College tuition for a child born in 2012 is predicted to be more than $100,000 per year by the time this child reaches college age. Parents who plan to send their kids to college know that they need to start saving early. One good way to save for college is through a 529 plan. Some new parents, in fact, ... READ MORE

Affirmative Action and Discrimination in Secondary Education
Many public and private colleges have implemented affirmative action policies in their student admissions process. Although each college can create its own affirmative action policy, the ultimate goal is to make up for past discrimination toward minority students. This goal is usually accomplished by ... READ MORE

New Formula for Federal Student Loan Rates
College debt has reached record levels. It almost tripled between 2004 and 2012, and is approaching $1 trillion. Student debt is now the second largest form of consumer debt, behind home mortgages and well ahead of credit card and auto debt. People need a college degree to compete in today’s high tech ... READ MORE

Online Education Casts a Wide Net
At one time, students who wanted to attend a good college or university would need good grades, strong test scores and a lot of money. As a result, many worthy individuals missed out on continuing their educations. Today, thanks to video streaming, videoconferencing and the ability to share and edit ... READ MORE


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I am an education attorney. Truancy laws require regular school attendance, unless the child can be proven to be emancipated or for other explanable extraordinary circumstances. You will need to discu ...Read more

It is not illegal, it is probably not good practice, but it is certainly not illegal.  Teachers are only human, and loose their temper like any one else. 

I'm not sure if you want the classificiation over turned, or you want changes to the IEP.  If you don't want your child classified, then you need to start with the supervisor of special education ...Read more

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Texas Legislative Issues/News: School vouchers

In Texas legislative issues/news, according to a Fox TV affiliate in Austin, thousands of parents and students rallied at the state capitol to demand that the Texas Legislature pass a school ... Read more

Transgender: CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

I recognize that I am sticking my foot in a hornet’s nest by daring to write an article about this subject. Sides have been taken, and both sides are polarized and ready for a legal battle. This ... Read more

Quick Nutshell on Education Law

Quick nutshell on Education law–no where near exhaustive. Statutes: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) (20 U.S.C. §1400 et al.) Federal Regulations: Education (34 C. ... Read more

When the Wall Breaks

Sometimes it begins with a crack. A seam rips.  A suspended ceiling stretches and twists. Lightning shaped cracks form on walls and floors that were once pristine. Teachers complain. Parents ask ... Read more

College and University Disciplinary Hearings: The Importance of Creating a Record – Advice from an Education Law Attorney

As an education law attorney, I have dealt with disciplinary hearings. What many students may not know is that it is best to get an education lawyer involved at the beginning of the case. I am current ... Read more

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