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Conflict in Transgender (Title IX) Law and Legal Ethics

Two roads diverge in transgender Title IX law. One presents the position of OCR, the other, emerging standards from courts. Which "perhaps has the better claim?" And how do our ethical obligations as attorneys play a role in our actions and advice to our clients in this unsettled area? By exploring ethics rules, OCR enforcement guidance and case law tensions, we'll never really know or "travel both and be one traveler..." But we hope it makes "all the difference." (Apologies to Robert Frost)

Students with Allergies and Infectious Diseases - 504 Plans, Individual Health Care Plans, Emergency Action Plans, and Federal Guidance

Allergies are becoming more prevalent among children, leaving school districts responsible for determining how best to address issues involving students with allergies. This webinar provides information all school attorneys should know about accommodating students with allergies - including how to determine whether a student needs a Section 504 Plan, an Individual Health Care Plan, an Emergency Action Plan, or some combination thereof.

Federal Update: An Inside Look at Congressional and Agency Activity Affecting Public Schools

Don't miss this opportunity to get up-to-date on the status of key education policy initiatives in Washington. NSBA legal and legislative staff provide insights and information on such big-ticket items as school lunches and E-Rate funding, as well as recent guidance and directives from the Department of Education and other agencies.

How-to Video: Logging Into the NSBA/COSA Website

Here’s how to log on to the NSBA site to access COSA members-only content.

How-to Video: How To Search NSBA's Legal Clips

In a one-minute video, learn how to search Legal Clips’ thousands of posts with recent decisions and media reports addressing school law topics. 

COSA Webinar: OCR Guidance on Equity in Access to Educational Resources: The Inside Story

On October 1 2014, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued a significant guidance document on the topic of equal access to educational resources. In this webinar offered to COSA members, two OCR officials provide context and explanation of the directives contained in the letter, as well as unique insights into the process OCR is using to conduct investigations. They will also highlight remedies imposed in recent cases. Please bring your questions: half of our time will be devoted to Q&A. Register now for this webinar.

COSA Webinar: School Bonds and Federal Disclosure Compliance Requirements for Issuers

As participants in the municipal bond market, school districts that issue bonds for school infrastructure, short-term revenue purposes and other projects are subject to post-issuance compliance, as regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This webinar will provide very timely information to school districts about the SEC's Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative) and the December 1, 2014 deadline to file.

School Law Subscriber Enrollment Form

If you don’t qualify for NSBA Council of School Attorneys membership, sign up as a School Law Subscriber and receive access to the online issues of the Council’s newsletter Inquiry & Analysis.

COSA School Law Seminar

NSBA Council of School Attorneys
2017 School Law Seminar

Celebrating 50 Years of Legal Advocacy for Public Schools

Register for the School Law Seminar March 23-25 in Denver, CO!
Sheraton Denver Downtown

Register Now

COSA Webinar: Prayer and Public School Board Meetings: Any Change After Greece?

Have your school board clients changed or strengthened their legislative prayer policies following the Supreme Court's May 5, 2014 decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway? Did the Court's decision modify, or merely clarify, Marsh v. Chambers? We will take a hard look at the decision, including prior precedent and legal arguments pro and con for application of Greece's principles to school board meetings.

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