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OCR June 2015 Response to NSBA's March 2015 Letter RE: OCR's November 2014 "Dear Colleague Letter" Title II "effective communication" Regulatory Guidance

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent a letter to the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) General Counsel Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. responding to his March 5, 2015 letter to OCR regarding the regulatory guidance it issued in November 2014 on the subject of the Americans with Disabilities Title II "effective communication" regulation. 

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.

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. 

Hamilton Cnty. Bd. of Educ. v. Haslam

Tennesee school districts' school funding adequacy suit legal complaint

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.

How-to Video: Logging Into the NSBA/COSA Website

Here’s how to log on to the NSBA site to access COSA members-only content.

How-to Video: How To Search NSBA's Legal Clips

In a one-minute video, learn how to search Legal Clips’ thousands of posts with recent decisions and media reports addressing school law topics. 

NSBA legal expert quoted on inappropriate school communications

Sonja H. Trainor, a Senior Staff Attorney at the National School Boards Association, was quoted in The New York Times in an article that focused on two separate cases in which high school teachers have been accused of sexual misconduct with their students and utilized social media and technology to communicate.

The teachers communicated with students using text message and through the app Snapchat.

Legal Issues for School Districts Related to the Education of Undocumented Children

his booklet discusses 13 legal questions commonly asked by school board members and school administrators related to undocumented students. Unfortunately, few of the questions have definitive answers. Plyler directly addressed only the narrow question of whether undocumented children are entitled to receive a free public school education. Plyler is the sole U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the rights of undocumented children in public schools. Moreover, lower court cases and state laws rarely address the questions raised in this booklet. By John Borkowski

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.

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