Audio CD + Course Book

Education Law Issues in Arkansas

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77606CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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From Event: Education Law Issues in Arkansas, held December 2017.

Program Description

Seemingly minor issues that occur on any given school day have the potential to cause major legal problems. In the current climate of hair-trigger lawsuits, you need to be able to spot areas of legal liability before things take a turn for the worse. This comprehensive school law overview will provide the latest legal perspectives on first amendment issues, discriminatory education practices, bullying and more. Stay current on the issues and mitigate your school's chances for lawsuits - order today!

Course Content

  1. Recent Legislative Updates: What You Need to Know
  2. First Amendment Issues: Balancing School Needs and Student Constitutional Protections
  3. Recognizing and Rectifying Discriminatory Education Practices
  4. Special Education: Fulfilling Legal Obligations and Ensuring Student Protections
  5. Discipline, Suspension and Expulsion: Protecting Student Rights While Mitigating Legal Liability
  6. Bullying and Harassment: An Essential Legal Response Guide
  7. FERPA: Safeguarding Student Privacy and Avoiding Potential Third-Party Issues
  8. Search and Seizure in Schools: What You Need to Know

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
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Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Recent Legislative Updates: What You Need to Know
    9:00 - 9:45, Written by Courtney M. Salas-Ford
    Presented by Courtney M. Salas-Ford in Little Rock and Kendra Clay in Fayetteville
  2. First Amendment Issues: Balancing School Needs and Student Constitutional Protections
    9:45 - 10:30, Written by Eric F. Walker
    Presented by Eric F. Walker in Little Rock and Dr. Kevin P. Brady in Fayetteville
    1. Dress Codes: What Can be Restricted?
    2. Language Codes: What is Protected?
    3. Free Expression: How Far is Too Far?
    4. Off-Campus Speech
    5. Religious Issues, Including Accommodations
  3. Recognizing and Rectifying Discriminatory Education Practices
    10:45 - 11:45, Written by Scott Richardson
    Presented by Scott Richardson in Little Rock and Kendra Clay in Fayetteville
    1. Enrollment and Registration Practices
    2. Racial Disproportionality in Special Education Programs
    3. Racial Disparity in A.P. Courses, Gifted and Talented Programs, etc.
    4. Discipline Practices That Target Minorities, Special Education Students, etc.
    5. Practices That Lead to Retaliation and Harassment Claims
    6. Transgender Student Issues
  4. Special Education: Fulfilling Legal Obligations and Ensuring Student Protections
    11:45 - 12:30, Written by Courtney M. Salas-Ford
    Presented by Courtney M. Salas-Ford in Little Rock and Dr. Kevin P. Brady in Fayetteville
    1. The Law of Special Education
      1. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
      2. State Law
      3. Section 504 and the ADA: Special Education Interactions
    2. Providing Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE)
    3. Eligibility and Evaluation
    4. Handling Placement Refusals
  5. Discipline, Suspension and Expulsion: Protecting Student Rights While Mitigating Legal Liability
    1:30 - 2:15, Written by Scott Richardson
    Presented by Scott Richardson in Little Rock and Kendra Clay in Fayetteville
    1. Due Process Rights
    2. Legally Defensible Discipline Documentation
    3. Education Services During Removal
    4. Discipline Protections for Special Needs Students: ADA vs. Section 504
  6. Bullying and Harassment: An Essential Legal Response Guide
    2:15 - 3:00, Written by Hadley Hindmarsh
    Presented by Hadley Hindmarsh in Little Rock and Fayetteville
    1. Recognizing Bullying: The Legal Definition
    2. Bullying Unchecked: The Legal Implications for Schools
      1. Federal Law
      2. State Law
    3. Bullying, Special Needs Students and Denial of FAPE
    4. Addressing Cyberbullying
  7. FERPA: Safeguarding Student Privacy and Avoiding Potential Third-Party Issues
    3:15 - 4:00, Written by Eric F. Walker
    Presented by Eric F. Walker in Little Rock and Dr. Kevin P. Brady in Fayetteville
    1. What is - and is not - a Student Record
    2. Record Access and Retention Do's and Don'ts
    3. Disclosing Information: Health, Safety and Other Concerns
    4. Third Party Considerations: Due Diligence for Releasing Records
    5. Other Laws Impacting Student Records: HIPAA, Section 504, etc.
  8. Search and Seizure in Schools: What You Need to Know
    4:00 - 4:30, Written by Hadley Hindmarsh
    Presented by Hadley Hindmarsh in Little Rock and Fayetteville

DR. KEVIN P. BRADY is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on educational law and policy issues. Dr. Brady's primary advocacy, research, and scholarly interests include special education law, legal issues involving charter schools, school disciplinary issues, school finance litigation, and increasing legal literacy of educators and school leaders. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Education Law Association (ELA). Dr. Brady's research and scholarship appears in a wide range of leading educational law, policy, and technology journals, including the Review of Educational Research, Journal of Law and Education, Journal of School Leadership, and West’s Education Law Reporter. He currently serves on a number of editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals, including Education and Urban Society, Education Law & Policy Review, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, and West’s Education Law Reporter. Along with co-authors Gina Umpstead, Janet Decker, David Schimmel, and Matthew Militello, his most recent book, Preventing Special Education Litigation: 8 Legal Lesson Plans for Educators (2015) is published by Teachers College Press. Dr. Brady earned his master’s degree in educational policy from Teachers College, Columbia University and his Ph.D. degree in educational policy analysis with a specialization in education law from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Fayetteville location)

KENDRA CLAY is the director of Student and Legal Services with the Springdale School District. An Arkansas native, she graduated from Tulane Law School in 2008. After law school, Ms. Clay returned to Arkansas and worked in private practice for two years, focusing on workers' compensation and insurance defense litigation. In 2010, she joined the legal team at the Arkansas Department of Education, where she spent the next six years. During her last year at ADE, Ms. Clay served as the Department’s general counsel. In 2016, she accepted her current position with the Springdale School District. (Fayetteville location)

HADLEY HINDMARSH is a sole practitioner at The Hindmarsh Law Firm, PA in Rogers, Arkansas. Her practice focuses on family law and ad litem work (representation of children) in custody and visitation cases, adoptions, and guardianships. Since the fall of 2012, Ms. Hindmarsh has represented at-risk youth in juvenile court as a FINS attorney. She has also represented children in school disciplinary proceedings and assisted families in working with local schools to develop, implement and manage IEP and 504 plans for students with special needs. Ms. Hindmarsh is a past member of the Board of Trustees for Northwest Arkansas Community College (June 2010 - October 2012) and is a current member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Benton County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas and her J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. (Little Rock and Fayetteville locations)

SCOTT RICHARDSON is a founding partner of McDaniel, Richardson & Calhoun, PLLC, where he practices in education law, employment law, and other areas of the law. Mr. Richardson represented the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District through its detachment and creation as a new school district, and now represents it as general counsel and in the Little Rock Desegregation case. He also serves as hearing officer for multiple school districts in Teacher Fair Dismissal Act hearings and grievance hearings. Prior to founding McDaniel, Richardson & Calhoun, PLLC, he worked in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office under Mike Beebe and Dustin McDaniel where he focused primarily on education issues. Mr. Richardson served as one of two lawyers who oversaw the final phase of the Lake View School District case in 2007, and served as lead counsel for the state in the Little Rock Desegregation case. (Little Rock location)

COURTNEY M. SALAS-FORD is the deputy general counsel for the Arkansas Department of Education. Prior to being named as deputy in 2016, Ms. Salas-Ford served as a staff attorney in the General Counsel’s Office for two years and as the attorney for the Department’s Special Education Unit, and program administrator for special education dispute resolution, for six years. Ms. Salas-Ford earned her J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law in 2005 and spent three years in private practice. She is a frequent presenter on special education legal topics including compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, dispute resolution processes, and discipline. (Little Rock location)

ERIC F. WALKER is staff attorney with the Little Rock School District where he renders legal services and advises the superintendent of schools and staff on all legal matters relating to the operations of the district. Mr. Walker is responsible for conducting litigation and administrative law hearings, grievance hearings and school board administrative procedures for the purpose of ensuring all laws, policies and regulations are followed. In addition, he administers all freedom of information related matters, prepares litigation reports and recommends changes in policies and procedures for the purpose of ensuring compliance with all laws and education regulations. Mr. Walker received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Morehouse College; and his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, Indiana. He is a certified mediator for Arkansas Circuit Court Civil and Probate divisions. (Little Rock location)

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