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Learn why schools apply “zero tolerance” policies to student discipline, how those policies affect children’s education and future, and what you
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Learn about state laws on when students may drop out of school legally, the consequences of dropping out, and alternatives.
Learn when students and their parents may and may not sue for injuries at school, including abuse, harassment, and inferior education.
School children have a range of rights under the U.S. Constitution, as well as federal andstate laws.
Learn about “compulsory education” laws, reasons for excused absences, and whathappens to truant student and their parents.
There could be serious consequences for skipping school in North Carolina, including juvenile court for habitual truants and criminal charges for their parents. ... Read more
Most students in North Carolina can legally drop out as soon as they turn 16 years old, but some districts are experimenting with raising that age. ... Read more
Texas schools try to help students who miss too much school, but truants and their parents could still face legal consequences if they don’t cooperate with those services. ... Read more
Texas students must stay in school until they graduate or turn 19, but they can drop out sooner under certain conditions. ... Read more
There may be serious consequences for skipping school in Georgia, including juvenile court for habitual truants and criminal charges for their parents. ... Read more
The State of New York allows students as young as 16 to drop out of school, but individual school districts may raise the legal dropout age. ... Read more
Students in Georgia can legally drop out of school after they turn 16, but they need their parents’ permission. ... Read more
Florida students can legally drop out of school after they turn 16, but they need to go through several steps and get their parents’ permission. ... Read more
Learn what you have to do if you want to drop out legally in California before you turn 18—and when you can get out of going to regular school. ... Read more