Laura Knittle

Laura Knittle

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This Year, Schools Face Increased Obligations for Addressing Bullying

Two new laws require school districts and charter schools to reconsider their approach to bullying. The first new bullying law requires school boards and charter schools to make extensive revisions to their bullying policies....more

9/9/2014 - Bullying Charter Schools New Legislation Public Schools School Districts

DOJ and DOE Warning: School Enrollment Practices Must Not Discourage Enrollment of Immigrant Students

According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, U.S. school districts are discouraging student enrollment based on their parents’ illegal immigrant status. The Departments issued guidance, a frequently asked...more

8/21/2014 - Citizenship Citizenship Status Discrimination Department of Education DOJ Final Guidance Immigrants Public Schools School Districts Student Enrollments

Appellate Court Upholds Decision That Therapeutic Day School Is Not Student’s Least Restrictive Environment

In Porter v. Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Appellate Court upheld an Illinois State Board of Education special education hearing officer’s decision that a therapeutic day school was not a student’s least...more

8/20/2014 - Appeals Board of Education Due Process Public Schools

Court Says Schools Must Provide Extended School Year Services In A Student's Least Restrictive Environment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit determined that a school district must provide extended school year (ESY) services in a student’s least restrictive environment (LRE)....more

4/24/2014 - Disability Public Schools Special Education Students

Illinois Appellate Court: School District Not Immune From Liability For Student Fall In “Cafetorium”

The Illinois Appellate Court recently determined that the fact that a school’s “Cafetorium” was used for parties and ceremonies for sports teams and school band, chorus, and drama program performances did not make the...more

4/17/2014 - Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act Recreation School Districts Slip and Fall

Courts Provide Guidance On FOIA Attorney’s Fee Provision And Creation Of Records

In two recent cases, Illinois courts provided guidance on when a party is a “prevailing party” under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for purposes of obtaining attorney’s fees and whether a public body is...more

3/24/2014 - Attorney's Fees FOIA

Look Out For Upcoming Spring Deadlines For School Districts

Spring brings a host of deadlines school districts should keep in mind. Here are some important dates for school leaders to mark on their calendars....more

3/3/2014 - Public Schools School Districts

Public Bodies May Charge 15 Cents For Black And White Standard Sized Copies Of FOIA Documents Even If Actual Copying Cost Is Lower

The Illinois Appellate Court recently held that a public body may charge up to 15 cents for copying for each page of black and white, letter or legal sized documents responsive to a FOIA request, even if the actual cost of...more

2/27/2014 - Document Requests FOIA

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