Amicus Brief

Window Rock Unified School District v. Reeves (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Petition Brief)

Legal System: Whether a tribal court has jurisdiction to adjudicate employment claims by Arizona school district employees against their Arizona school district employer that operates on the Navajo reservation pursuant to a state constitutional mandate to provide a general and uniform public education to all Arizona children.

M.R. v. Ridley School District

Third Circuit order denying petition for rehearing en banc.

M.R. v. Ridley School District (3d. Cir. Pet. for rhrg en banc)

Special Education & Disabilities: Whether parents who succeed on claim for reimbursement for private school tuition under IDEA's stay put provision are a prevail party entitled to attorneys' fees

Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief)

Equity & Discrimination: Whether informal agency guidance in the form of a letter intrepreting Title IX as applying to gender identity is entitled Auer deference by courts

NSBA Asks Court to Uphold the Law that Enables More Than 6 Million Children with Disabilities to Receive Individual Educational Opportunities

Alexandria, Va. (December 22, 2016) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) along with the California School Boards Association and its Legal Alliance Fund, the Colorado Association of School Boards, and the Horace Mann League have filed an amicus brief in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 asking the court to uphold the standard the Court established in the Rowley case decades ago that provides for students to receive an educational benefit from their special education. A ruling in favor of Endrew F. would create confusion that would jeopardize the level of educational benefits school districts provide students with disabilities, endangering the ability of schools to meet individual student needs.

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (U.S. Sup. Ct. – Merits Brief)

Special Education & Disabilities:  What level of education benefit must be provided to meet the IDEA’s free appropriate public education requirement?

NSBA Urges the U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Long-Standing Processes that Encourage Parent-School Collaboration in Special Education

October 14, 2016 – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), the School Superintendents Association (AASA), Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), and National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools.

“IDEA’s due process procedures were put in place for the benefit of students with disabilities,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association Executive Director and CEO. “Parents and schools working collaboratively to address the individual educational needs of students produces the best outcomes for students with and without disabilities, their parents, and their local school districts. We encourage the Court to discourage any resolution that encourages more litigation and diverts precious funds away from the classroom.”

M.L. v. Bowers (4th Cir.)

Special Education & Disabilities: Whether a school district must provide  a student with religious/cultural instruction in order to satisfy IDEA's  free appropriate public education requirement   

NSBA and IMLA Urge High Court to Hear Employment Case, Citing Operational Realities of School Boards

Alexandria, Va. (February 10, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) joined the International Municipal Lawyers Association in filing a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting the employer’s request for review in the case of City of Houston v. Zamora...."Such a rule levies an unfair and onerous burden on boards as employers given that no amount of internal process would protect them from liability if a jury later finds that the credited employee had a discriminatory motive,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA.

NSBA Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Rein in Federal Agencies’ Discretionary Power

Alexandria, Va. (February 9, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joins the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) in filing a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Bible v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc. The amici ask the Court to limit the power of federal agencies to interpret their own regulations when changing their position, and without first providing affected stakeholders with notice and an opportunity to comment on such a change.

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