Category Archives: Education Law

Considering Summer

As the school year comes to an end for many districts while others prepare for upcoming vacations, school leaders have the opportunity to reflect on successes and failures, how to improve as well as ways to redefine their respective missions. … Continue reading

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Recent Decision Striking Down California Teacher-Tenure Laws Sparks National Debate

On June 10, 2014, a California state trial court judge held that California’s laws that govern teacher hiring, firing and tenure violated the California Constitution’s guarantee that all children will receive an education. The judge found that preventing dismissal of … Continue reading

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Potential Cost Savings in the Cloud

At a time of decreasing resources, Indiana school districts are understandably attracted to anything that allows them to do more with less. Cloud computing offers the opportunity to add computer applications and data storage capacity to their networks without the … Continue reading

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New FMLA Forms, GINA and the Information You DON’T Want

Using one federal agency’s forms should satisfy other federal agencies – right?  The answer: not exactly. The Department of Labor (USDoL) has updated its optional FMLA forms and has given them a 2015 expiration date (they are unlikely to make it to 2015 due … Continue reading

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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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