Monthly Archives: May 2012

New Requirements Are Imposed By Public Law 148 Upon School Districts For The Contracts Of Certain Certificated Employees

Contracts between Indiana public school boards and their superintendent, administrators, teachers and bus drivers have always been public records under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (Ind. Code 5-14-3). Contracts with certificated employees also are covered by Ind. Code 20-28-6-2(d).  … Continue reading

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New Non-Discrimination Notice

This is the time of year when K-12 schools collect the experience of the prior year and update their student handbooks.  Because several federal agencies offer sample notices that they would like to see in student/parent handbooks, it makes good … Continue reading

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Updated FERPA & PPRA Annual Notices

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”), is administered by the Family Policy Compliance Office (“FPCO”) in the U.S. Department of Education. The FPCO also enforces the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (“PPRA”).  Indiana Code 20-30-5-17 creates … Continue reading

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EEOC Restates Its Position That the Use of Arrest Records May Violate Title VII

On April 25, 2012 the EEOC restated the possibility that the use of criminal background checks by employers may violate Title VII if the standard they employ has a disproportionate adverse impact based on race, national origin, or other protected … Continue reading

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OK, whose miniature horse is this?

No less than four different sets of regulations cover the use of a service animal by a person at school. Indiana law has the broadest definition of service animal. It  defines ”service animal” to mean any animal that helps with … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Indiana State Fair Tragedy

There are lessons for K-12 schools in the report by Witt Associates on the August 13 State Fair tragedy.  The State Fair grandstand concert presented risks similar to spring school activities such as baseball games, baccalaureate and graduation,  and fall activities … Continue reading

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