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Chart: Age Requirements for Compulsory Education in All 50 States
Learn the age range in your state when students must attend school. ... READ MORE

Compulsory Education Laws in New York
The State of New York allows students as young as 16 to drop out of school, but individual school districts can raise the legal dropout age. ... READ MORE

Compulsory Education Laws in Ohio
Students in Ohio can’t legally drop out of school until they turn 18 ... READ MORE

Compulsory Education Laws in Texas
Texas students must stay in school until they graduate or turn 19, but they can drop out sooner under certain conditions. ... READ MORE

Compulsory Education Laws in Illinois
Illinois students can legally drop out of school once they turn 17—or even sooner under certain circumstances. ... READ MORE

What Kinds of Punishment Can a School Give My Child?
Schools can impose a wide range of discipline for students’ misconduct. ... READ MORE

Compulsory Education Laws in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania students can’t drop out legally until they turn 17, but there are exceptions for some younger students who are working. ... READ MORE

What Are Students' Rights in School Disciplinary Proceedings?
Students have some basic constitutional rights when schools accuse them of misconduct. They also have other rights under federal and state laws. ... READ MORE

Corporal Punishment in Schools: Can Teachers Hit My Child?
In most states, public school teachers and principals aren’t allowed to punish students by causing physical pain. But corporal punishment is still allowed in many states—especially in the South. ... READ MORE

California Rules on Corporal Punishment in Schools
California law bars public school teachers and other employees from punishing students with physical pain, but there are exceptions for self-defense or stopping a dangerous situation. ... READ MORE

 

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Parents’ Access To Ohio Children’s School Records

Who is entitled to their child’s school records? Both parents have the right to access their child’s school records. The schools generally recognize the right of the legal custodian and re ... 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

Policies and Procedures Related to Cameras in Special Education Classrooms

Texas Senate Bill 507,1 codified as Texas Education Code section 29.022, was enacted to promote student safety by requiring schools to install video cameras in certain special education classrooms.2 S ... Read more

Springtime Emergency Preparedness

It’s springtime and it’s Texas. Bonds are passing and storms are brewing. Minds are turning to the construction of new projects, but you cannot forget that you still need to protect the ol ... Read more

New Overtime Rules Closer to Reality – Or Are They?

On March 14, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its final changes to proposed revisions to the rules that determine which employees are exempt f ... Read more

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