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Long v. Murray Cnty. Sch. Dist. (11th Cir.)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/Americans with Disabilities Act: Whether summary judgment was properly granted on the claim of disability discrimination under Section 504 and the ADA based on the district court‘s finding that the school district was not deliberately indifferent as a matter of law to the alleged peer harassment. Filed November 28, 2012 

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief)

Title VII: Whether the application of the mixed-motive standard in Title VII retaliation cases would unduly burden public schools. Filed March 11, 2013 

Louisiana Federation of Teachers v. State of Louisiana (La. Sup. Ct.)

School voucher program: Louisiana private school voucher program part of national effort to divert public dollars from public education - without imposing accountability to harm of taxpayers. Filed March 18, 2013 

Jefferson County School District R-1 v. Elizabeth E. (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Petition Brief)

IDEA: Medical care - unilateral placement of student receiving special education services in mental health facility - reimbursement when placement is primarily for education purposes. Filed April 25, 2013. 

New Guide from National School Boards Association Helps School Boards Navigate Student Data Privacy Concerns in the Cloud Computing Era

Alexandria, Va. (April 28, 2014) - As school districts increasingly move to cloud computing instead of on-site data storage, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and its Council of School Attorneys (COSA) have released a guide for school boards introducing the legal issues associated with protecting student data and suggesting best practices.  The guide, “Data in the Cloud,” seeks to raise awareness of student data privacy concerns, and to provide a framework for comprehensive student data privacy approaches in school districts.

Moss v. Spartanburg County Sch. Dist. No. 7

Federal district in South Carolina has ruled that a school district's award of academic credit for of-campus religious instriction does not violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The court concluded that the school district through the adoption and implentation of its release time policy had not offended the establishment Clause.

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The National School Boards Association seeks a detail-oriented professional to provide general administrative support to its Council of School Attorneys (COSA) and Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  This position will be responsible for responding to telephone and email inquiries; assisting with the production and editing of legal products and publications, including obtaining copyright assignment; maintaining databases and websites; supporting webinar and seminar activities; and other related administrative duties.

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