School Law

NSBA speaks out on federal rule making in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) joined a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief filed by the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) and multiple signatories that asks the High Court to affirm the District of Columbia Circuit’s holding in the case of Perez v.

NSBA and Eight State School Board Associations Call Upon the Ninth Circuit to Affirm IDEA’s Educational Purpose

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 15, 2014) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by eight state school boards associations, today filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of D.A. v. Meridian Joint Sch. Dist. No. 2. At issue in this case is whether a high-functioning autistic student with social, behavioral and self-sufficiency needs is entitled to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services when the disability does not adversely affect his educational performance.

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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.

Feds update deportation deferral program

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is asking school officials to tell their students and families about a federal program that grants deportation deferrals to “low priority cases,” including individuals who came to the U.S. as children.

The department’s letter  comes as school districts across the country are going about the business of educating all their students, regardless of the political debate on immigration reform.

North Carolina School Boards Association Press Release Re: NC School Voucher Program Decision

North Carolina School Boards Association press release announcing Wake County Syperior Court Judge Hobgood's bench opinion ruling that the state's private school voucher program violates the state constitution.

NSBA mourns the passing of school law leader Ann Little Majestic

Ann Majestic, former National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Chair and COSA Lifetime Achievement Award winner, died on August 16, 2014.

Ann dedicated her life to improving education – and special education in particular – in North Carolina where she represented several school boards, including the Wake, Durham, Orange, Alamance-Burlington, and Moore school systems. She also served as counsel to the North Carolina School Boards Association and the North Carolina Psychologists’ Association.

As students go back to school, schools prepare for unaccompanied immigrant children

Webinar: Recent Guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice: Title IX, Section 504/ADA and more

Invite your school district clients to join you as the NSBA legal staff reviews important recent guidance documents issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice.  We'll cover topics such as Title IX and sexual violence (especially with respect sexual orientation and gender identity), the ADA Effective Communication regulation, racial disparities in student discipline, Charter Schools, student records and data, and more.  We will discuss how the guidance documents reflect policy initiatives and how NSBA is engaging with the Departments on these issues. 

NSBA, PSBA and NASDSE Call on U.S. Supreme Court to Curb Lengthy IDEA Litigation

Alexandria, Va. (July 29, 2014 ) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), today filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of M.R. v. Ridley School District. At issue in the case is whether school districts must continue paying for a student’s private placement once a court finds the school district provided the child with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). 

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