Governance

Hamilton Cnty. Sch. Bd. v. Haslam

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

Seth B. v. Orleans Parish School Board (5th Cir.)

Special Education & Disabilities: Whether IDEA requires publicly-funded independent educational evaluations (IEEs) to meet state and local school district evaluation criteria

Bryner v. Canyons School District

Utah Court of Appeals holds that videotape from security camera at middle school was subject to disclosure restrictures pursuant to FERPA because the tape constituted a educational record within the meaning of FERA.

Autonomy and relief needed for school districts to effectively administer school meal programs

Healthy, nutritious meals and a high quality education are something every student deserves. “Assuring that school districts – which house school food authorities - have sufficient capacity to efficiently and effectively administer federal school lunch and breakfast programs is vital to the success of those programs and to our students,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director, National School Boards Association.

Newsome v. Albemarle County School Board

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that a student who is challenging a school district’s dress code prohibiting the wearing of any apparel associated with weapons and violence is entitled to a preliminary injunction preventing the district from enforcing the code with regard to his wearing a t-shirt bearing the initials NRA and depicting three gunmen. 

NSBA, AASA execs worry about board member, superintendent turnover, impact on districts

When Tom Gentzel and Dan Domenech have a dialogue, it harkens back to the movie, “Holiday Inn.” That establishment opened only on holidays, but it was worth being there when it did. With a collective 62 years working with school boards and superintendents, NSBA Executive Director Gentzel and Domenech, his counterpart with American Association of School Administrators, gave a Saturday clinic audience a wealth of stories mixed with experience-based insights. It was a refreshed conversation they share twice each year, most recently at last month’s AASA conference in San Diego.

Delegate Assembly approves advocacy marching orders

Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Photography

NSBA’s Delegate Assembly approved the association’s “advocacy marching orders” at its business session Friday in Nashville. The meeting was held right before the start of NSBA’s Annual Conference, which opened Saturday.

“These resolutions form the basis for NSBA’s advocacy effort throughout the year,” said NSBA 2014-15 President Anne Byrne. “The delegates also voted on Beliefs and Policies that become part of NSBA’s enduring beliefs.”

The annual resolutions are in three core areas:

Boards and student achievement connection

A common misconception in communities around the country is that board members and superintendents do not have an impact on student achievement. Do boards and superintendents really matter? According to Ivan J. Lorentzen, professor at Flathead Community College, and William P. McCaw, professor at the University of Montana, the answer is not only do they matter, they matter a great deal.

Ziegler v. Martin Cnty. Sch. Dist., No. 14-14221 (S.D. Fla Mar. 2, 2015)

Opinion of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granting summary judgment to school district and sheriff's department on claims that students' Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights, Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights, and First Amendment speech rights were violated.

Ohio v. Clark (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief)

Legal System: Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause - teacher/school staff requirement to report suspected child abuse under state mandatory reporting law - are teachers/staff agents of law enforcement for purposes of Confrontation Clause - does a minor student's out-of-court statements to a teacher in response to teacher's concern about potential child abuse qualify as "testimonial" statements subject to the Confrontation Clause

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