Jackie Wernz

Jackie Wernz

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Is Your School District’s Lack of Social Media Guidelines Putting the District at Risk?

School districts are under growing scrutiny and criticism for the lack of clear social media guidelines and policies. For instance, after a Michigan teacher reportedly was sentenced to 6 to 15 years for an inappropriate...more

7/10/2015 - Copyright Infringement Educational Institutions Popular SnapChat Social Media Social Media Policy Students Teachers Trademark Infringement Twitter

Crying Over (Virtual) Spilled Milk: ACLU Sues School District For Firing Employee Who Posted Vegan Beliefs Online

A recent lawsuit out of Ohio brings a local flare to what has otherwise become a relatively common story. We’ve all heard of teachers being disciplined or dismissed for posting something thoughtless online that led to...more

3/25/2015 - ACLU Employer Liability Issues Facebook First Amendment Hiring & Firing Public Schools Social Networks Teachers

12 Legal Mistakes to Avoid in Terms of Service for Online Educational Services and Apps

A classroom teacher comes across a promising online educational service or application that she wants to use with her students and comes to you to make sure it’s legally appropriate. The service or app would collect and use...more

3/17/2015 - Data Collection Data Protection Department of Education FERPA Internet Privacy Public Schools Student Privacy Students Teachers

IIllinois Legislature Grants Recall Rights to “Grouping 2” Teachers with One Needs Improvement Evaluation Rating

On June 13, 2014, the Governor signed House Bill 5546 expanding the recall provisions of Senate Bill 7. The new legislation is effective July 1, 2014 and extends limited recall rights to honorably dismissed (“RIFed”) teachers...more

6/19/2014 - Education Reform Hiring & Firing New Legislation Performance Reviews Teachers

Are Emails, Texts, Tweets, And Other Digital Communications Student Records Under FERPA And State Law?

As schools increase the use of technology to communicate with and about students, questions arise about the intersection between the data created and student records laws, such as the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy...more

2/20/2013 - Digital Communications Email FERPA IDEA Records Request Social Media Student Records Teachers

#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 - Bring Your Own Device Cyberbullying Cybersecurity FERPA First Amendment Fourth Amendment Free Speech Search & Seizure Sexting Students Teachers

New Jersey District Dismisses Teacher Who Called Students “Future Criminals” On Facebook

Earlier this month, a New Jersey appellate court affirmed the dismissal of a tenured teacher for comments she made about her students on Facebook. Good summaries of the case, In re O’Brien, can be found through the National...more

1/22/2013 - Facebook First Amendment Free Speech Hiring & Firing Teachers Termination

Disabled Substitute Teacher Applicant Raises Some Adequate Claims Against Illinois School District

A federal trial court in Chicago recently decided that a disabled applicant for a substitute teacher position at Zion School District No. 6 alleged sufficient facts against the District to proceed with a lawsuit against it....more

1/8/2013 - ADA Defamation Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation Teachers

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