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U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidelines On Collecting Student Data

This past July, the U.S. Department of Education released the Transparency Best Practices for Schools and Districts, a new set of guidelines created to improve relations between school districts and parents surrounding school...more

9/12/2014 - Data Collection Data Protection Department of Education PTAC Public Schools School Districts Students

Streamlining Your Student Bullying, Intimidation, Harassment, And Violence Reporting And Investigation Policies

As we notified you earlier this school year in a FR Alert, the recently enacted Erin’s Law requires all school districts in Illinois enrolling students in grades seven through twelve to have a policy on teen dating violence....more

2/25/2014 - Bullying Harassment Hazing Students

What School Leaders Really Should Know About The Department Of Education’s Guidance On Discriminatory Discipline

Last week, the Department of Education issued a guidance package to help schools administer student discipline without discriminating against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The issue of...more

1/16/2014 - Dear Colleague Letter Department of Education Discipline Discrimination School Districts Students

Recent Appellate Court Decision Reminder Of Student Records Protections In Adversarial Proceedings

In a recent decision, the Illinois Appellate Court held that it is not an unfair labor practice for a school district to refuse to release school student records to a union in a grievance proceeding without a court order or...more

1/8/2014 - Public Schools Student Records Students Unions

Model Policy For Purchase: Acceptable Use Of Technology

The use of technology in school districts continues to increase and evolve. Districts are using technology to enhance curriculum, replace traditional text books, and communicate with students, parents, and the community. ...more

12/12/2013 - Acceptable Use Policy Bring Your Own Device Mobile Device Management Public Schools Students Technology

Seventh Circuit Dismisses Lawsuit Against Guidance Counselor For Defamation

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the highest federal court with jurisdiction over Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, recently rejected a claim by a parent that a school guidance counselor’s statement to his...more

10/22/2013 - Defamation Dismissals Due Process First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment Public Schools Students

Can Schools Prohibit “I ♡ Boobies” Bracelets . . . Or Not?

This month, two courts issued dramatically different opinions about whether school districts can prohibit breast cancer awareness bracelets reading “I ? boobies” without running afoul of students’ First Amendment free speech...more

8/28/2013 - First Amendment Free Speech Students

OCR Decision Reminds School Districts To Conduct Prompt, Thorough Investigation Of Student Sexual Harassment And Violence Claims

Mlive.com and the NSBA Legal Clips recently reported that a Michigan School entered into an agreement with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to resolve allegations that the district failed to...more

6/13/2013 - OCR Public Schools School Districts Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Students

Colorado School Denies Six-Year-Old Transgender Student’s Request To Use Girls’ Bathroom

As The New York Times recently reported, a Colorado school district is facing a lawsuit after refusing to allow a six-year-old transgender student to use the girls’ bathroom in a local elementary school. The case highlights...more

4/3/2013 - ACLU Discrimination Gender Discrimination Public Schools Students Transgender

#Edchat Followup: Legal Issues For BYOD And 1:1 Programs In Schools

Each Tuesday the #Edchat hashtag brings together educators from across the globe to discuss education-related topics on Twitter. Last week one of the questions on #Edchat was “How do we train educators to teach in programs...more

2/12/2013 - 1:1 Program Bring Your Own Device Cyberbullying Cybersecurity FERPA First Amendment Fourth Amendment Free Speech Search & Seizure Sexting Students Teachers

Disciplining Student Speech As A Threat After Newtown – The Right Choice?

The media coverage of the Sandy Hook school shooting is tapering down, but the lessons for school administrators in its wake are just beginning. One such lesson comes after a California school suspended a high school senior...more

1/15/2013 - First Amendment Free Speech Sandy Hook School Shootings School Suspension Students

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