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2016 Education Law for Principals Edition - Issue #3

The 3rd of 3 issues devoted to current legal news for principals and other school administrators

New DOE and DOJ Resource on SRO-Related Policy and Practice


A new guide is designed to help education and law enforcement agencies that use SROs review and revise their policies.

District is Proactive in Preventing Bullying


Crowley ISD steps up to stomp out bullying.

STAAR Testing Parody Video


ELEVATE: A Special Education Legal Conference for Leaders

This conference is designed to go beyond the typical lecture presentations on the latest laws and court decisions on special education.  Engage in real conversations about hot legal topics, get inspiration to do your job, talk about time management and learn to navigate the line between your role and that of your campus administrators.

2016 SPEAKER: Paula Maddox Roalson of Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle P.C.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Special Ed Directors and Assistant Directors, Associate and Assistant Superintendents with Responsibility over Special Ed.

Even More Principals Conference Q&A Continued…


We answer a question about what to do if a discrimination complaint from a student in your district gets filed with the Department of Education.



Federal Court Allows Suit to Proceed Challenging School District Display of Ten Commandments

  Freedom from Religion Foundation v. New Kensington Arnold School District, Dkt. No. 15-3083 (3rd Cir. August 9, 2016).

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a dismissal and returned a suit to trial court involving a parent’s objection to a statue of the Ten Commandments.

District Required to Allow Transgender Student to Use Bathroom Based Upon Gender Identity

  Bd. Of Educ. Of the Highland Local Sch. Dist. v. United States Department of Education, Dkt. No. 2:16-CV-524 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 26, 2016).

An Ohio federal district court rules in favor of a transgender student seeking to use the restroom associated with her gender identity.

Court Rejects First Amendment Suit Filed by Student Who Bullied Two Disabled Students Off Campus

  C.R. v. Eugene School District 4J, Dkt. No. 13-35856 (9th Cir. 2016).

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sides with a district on an issue of off-campus bullying that featured sexually-charged elements.