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COSA Webinar: Special Education Series #2 Including Students with Disabilities in Statewide and Districtwide Testing Programs

Including students with disabilities in statewide and districtwide testing programs and protocols has generated challenges for teachers and students. This presentation will analyze requirements in federal law, with a discussion of IEP development, accommodations, modifications, and UDL (Universal Design for Learning). We will summarize both new requirements and current practice and case law, and provide participants with practice tips and an opportunity to raise questions for discussion. A handout will be provided with citations and practical information.

COSA Webinar: Special Education Series #1 Private Placement and Tuition Reimbursement: Evolving Case Law

In this in-depth webinar, we will examine the large body of case law addressing one of IDEA’s relatively brief provisions:  reimbursement for private school placement.  Because the financial stakes are very high for school districts in many states, this issue is litigated more than others in the special education context.  Learn the relevant case law in each federal circuit, and gain insightful practical advice from a veteran special education practitioner, including defenses to private placement and avoiding predetermination.

COSA Membership Brochure

The NSBA Council of School Attorneys (COSA) connects you to over 3,000 school attorneys across the U.S. and Canada. It is an international forum for improving the practice of school law and supporting school attorneys in their representation of public school boards.

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys: Leadership in Legal Advocacy for Public Schools

Learn how the 3000+ members of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys stay up to date on crucial legal issues affecting public schools, collaborate with colleagues on tricky issues facing their clients, and plug into the NSBA Legal Advocacy program.

Presenters: Lester B. Johnson, III, Assistant School Board Attorney, Savannah-Chatham County Public School system, and Chair of the Georgia Council of School Attorneys, and Phillip L. Hartley, Managing Partner, Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP, Gainesville, Georgia and General Counsel for the Georgia School Boards Association

Hamilton Cnty. Sch. Bd. v. Haslam

HCBOE's response to state's motion to dismiss school funding equity suit.

COSA 2015 Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards Nomination Form

COSA is now accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The COSA Award for DISTINGUISHED SERVICE will be given annually to recognize a COSA member who has provided exemplary leadership and/or distinguished service in support of the COSA mission. The COSA Award for Distinguished Service will be presented each year at the annual School Law Seminar.

Federal Update: SCOTUS Rules on Same Sex Marriage and Other Issues Affecting Public Schools Webinar

Join NSBA General Counsel Francisco Negrón and members of the NSBA legal team for a review of key decisions from the high court during its 2015 term, including its landmark same sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. We'll analyze the Court's approach in several decisions affecting public schools - EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch (finding need for religious accommodation need only be a motivating factor in an employment decision) and Perez v.

COSA Call for Proposals and Presenters 2016

NSBA's Council of School Attorneys invites its members to submit proposals and presenter resumes for speaking opportunities at our 2016 School Law Seminar to be held April 7-9 in Boston. COSA’s School Law Seminar is the premiere CLE experience for school attorneys, with sessions addressing current topics of crucial importance to you and the school boards you represent. It is our chance to get up-to-date on key legal issues affecting public schools, to discuss shared challenges, and to grow as school attorneys and colleagues.

COSA Webinar: So They Asked You To Do A Presentation...

This exclusive, free session will focus on the critical components that make for an informative, relevant, and interesting presentation on legal issues. Lawyers know the law, but may not be confident in the preparation and delivery of a meaningful and helpful presentation. This session will address 1) organization; 2) the use of technology; 3) the importance of knowing your audience; and 4) the basics of good public speaking. This webinar is exclusive to COSA members and State Association staff only.

Building, Maintaining and Growing a School Law Practice Webinar

Gregory J. Guercio, COSA's Immediate Past Chair, has been a practicing school attorney for over 40 years. Starting as a sole practitioner with one school district client, he has overseen the growth of his firm to a team of 25 attorneys concentrating in the representation of school districts located in the NYC suburbs and the State Capital region. Greg will share his experiences in building, maintaining, and growing a school law practice, and strategies for competing in today's challenging environment, and that of the future.

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