Equity & Discrimination

Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners: Challenges & Opportunities for Academic Success

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) present both challenges and opportunities for English language learners (ELLs) to raise their academic performance and narrow the achievement gap. As school districts begin to adjust their programs to meet the expectations of the CCSS, they are faced with the responsibility of ensuring that English language learners (ELLs) gain access to the curriculum and develop the academic language skills required by the CCSS. This clinic will outline the benefi ts and challenges of the CCSS with respect to ELLs.

Improving Urban Schools: Equity and Access in K-12 STEM Education for All Students

The rate of technological innovation and change has been tremendous over the past 10 years, and this rapid increase will only continue. STEM literacy is the power to “identify, apply, and integrate concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to understand complex problems and to innovate to solve them” (Washington state STEM, 2011, Internet). In order for U.S. students to be forefront of this revolution, ALL of our schools need to be part of the STEM vision and guide students in acquiring STEM literacy.

COSA School Law Practice Seminar

Attend COSA's annual in-depth School Law Practice Seminar where you can discuss shared challenges and grow as school attorneys and colleagues.

  • Earn up to 12 hours of CLE including 1 hour of ethics
  • Thursday morning work alike group luncheon meetings
  • Interactive discussions and in-depth sessions unique to your practice, including Through the Haze: Finding Clarity on Complex Issues Accompanying the Marijuana Legalization

General Counsel Francisco Negron's Response to OCR's October 2010 "DCL"

NSBA General Counsel Francisco Negron's response to OCR's October 2010 "Dear Colleague Letter" re: bullying and sexual harassment

Does v. Board of Educ. of Prince George's County (4th Cir.)

Legal System: Davis standard - deliberate indifference - agency enforcement guidance - bullying/harassment. Filed June 4, 2014.

NSBA Amicus Brief - Gross v. FBL Financial Services (U.S. Sup. Ct.)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act:  burden of proof--mixed motive instruction.  Filed 3/4/09.

Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee (U.S. Sup. Ct.)

Sex discrimination: Title IX pre-emption of section 1983 constitutional claims in peer harassment case.

NSBA Amicus Brief - Gross v. FBL Financial Services (U.S. Sup. Ct.)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act:  burden of proof--mixed motive instruction.  Filed 3/4/09.

Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (U.S. Sup. Ct.) - Merits Brief

Employment:  Age Discrimination in Employment Act—burden of proof for reasonable factor other than age.

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