I paid 2100.00 to a school that didn’t deliver on it’s promise of securing field placement. How can I get my money back?

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I paid 2100.00 to a school that didn’t deliver on it’s promise of securing field placement. How can I get my money back?

I started TeacherReady, a program that certifies teachers in Florida, in May
2017. There’s 9 modules to complete the course and by the 4th module, an
advisor is supposed to place students with mentor teachers in the students
residential area.

My advisors weren’t successful in placing me with any school in LA County
for about 10 months so I decided to request a refund and just attend a
California school for a credential.

They’ve offered to only refund me 200.00 and nothing else, although I spent
2100.00 paying TeacherReady only to find out they couldn’t deliver on their
promise.

How do I go about getting a full refund and extra for the stress I went through
during the process of having to e-mail several teachers and principals to gain
placement?

Asked on April 13, 2018 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If the promise is contained in the contract or agreement you signed, you can enforce it, such as by a lawsuit for monetary compensation, if they violated their contractual promise (i.e. in a "breach of contract" lawsuit). You can only enforce what was in the contract, and only exactly what it says. If it was an unconditional promise that you would absolutely get field placement, you would have good grounds for a suit. But if the promise only required them to use their "best efforts" or something like that, or stated that they were not responsible if no school choose to accept you, you would not have a good case, since those limitations would most likely provide them with a defense, so long as they can show that they tried but that it was not their fault they could not place you. Review exactly what the agreement or contract says to see what kind of a case you have.


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