can a parent hold back a student in the public school system even if the district disagrees
3 Answers from Attorneys
Usually a retention is decided by the school. Districts are mandated to have a policy on retention which should be reviewed, along with grades, test scores, teacher reports, etc. The California Education Code also specifies when a retention may be issued, and generally limits retention to the times between second and third, third and fourth, fourth and fifth, between intermediate and middle school, and between middle and high school.
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Not without a court order.
A parent does have the right to present evidence, e.g., testing by an independent clinical or educational psychologist, that argues the position that a child should be held back. Thus, a parent can dispute the district's decision not to "hold back" a student. Often schools are not especially diligent in obtaining testing, teacher and parent input, etc. that form a basis for their decisions.