Key Federal Agency Guidance 2008-2017

Key Federal Agency Guidance Affecting Schools November 2008 - February 2017. 

Public Advocacy: Bully Pulpit

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How to communicate to your community about using 'student-centered learning'

Daniel Kaufman

When it comes to school safety issues, not all threats are external. Certainly one safety issue that affects every school and school district in the country to some degree is bullying and its modern form, cyberbullying.

NSBA Issues Statement on Guidance from Justice and Education Departments

"The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and its members are committed to protecting students and ensuring they have equal opportunity to receive the best education possible and fulfill their potential.

School board bullying

Student bullying is a sad but all too common problem that school districts regularly contend with. Less well known is the problem of bullying school board members, superintendents, and their spouses, a panel said Sunday at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston.

Bullying or mobbing (bullying by more than one) is the embarrassing “elephant in the room” that people don’t want to talk about, said Pamela Rockwood, superintendent of Indian Creek School District #425 in DeKalb County, Illinois.

Court Urged to Maintain School District Flexibility in Responding to Disability Harassment Complaints

Alexandria, Va. (September 23, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) in SB v. Board of Education of Harford County, urging the Court to uphold the district court’s decision in favor of the school board.

“It’s important to guard against any precedent that would allow a school district to be found deliberately indifferent if bullying or harassment by others continues, despite a district’s efforts to address reported misconduct,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Changing the standard from deliberate indifference to strict liability would rob school districts of the flexibility they need in responding to claims of harassment based on their educational judgments and knowledge of the school environment.”

Stopbullying.gov showcased at ED’s Bullying Prevention Summit

New resources to combat bullying at school and online were showcased during the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) fourth Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit—“Keeping Kids Safe: Opportunities and Challenges in Bullying Prevention”—Friday, Aug. 15.

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's Past President Mary Broderick on Comcast Newsmakers Discussing School Climate and Bullying

Mary Broderick, 2011-2012 President of NSBA, appeared on Comcast Newsmakers in August 2011 to discuss school climate, bullying, and cyberbullying and unveiled "Students on Board: A Conversation Between School Board Members and Students."


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