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The School Law Institute

2017 Topics

School Safety Issues

  • The Schools’ Authority to Regulate and Punish On- and Off-Campus Student and Staff Misconduct
  • Search and Seizure, including Drug Testing
  • Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention: The Schools' Responsibility
  • Tort Liability: The Schools’ Legal Responsibility for Injuries to Students and Staff
  • Internet, Social Media, and Cyberbullying

Equity Issues

  • Issues of Race, Poverty, and Education
  • Affirmative Action after Fisher II
  • Vouchers and Other Forms of Choice
  • Exploring the Effects of Racial Attitudes in K-12 Education: Implicit Bias and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
  • Bullying; Harassment based on Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Race, and Ethnicity
  • Critical Changes in Immigration Law and Policy; Important New Developments in Language Policy and Regulation
  • Fiscal Equity and the Right to an Adequate Education

Charter Schools

  • Charter Schools: Issues of Law, Policy, and Practice 

Serving Individuals with Disabilities

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.): Legal, Policy, and Implementation Issues
  • Section 504 and Title II of the ADA in K-12 Public Schools

Standards and Accountability

  • Federal Education Policy, including the December 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Testing for Student Tracking, Promotion, and Graduation

Free-Speech Issues, including the Internet

  • Student Free Speech
  • Teacher Free Speech
  • Internet, Social Media, and Cyberbullying

Educators and the Law

  • Improving Collaboration between Educators, Lawyers, Researchers, and Parents
  • Practicing Preventive Law
  • Using the Law to Advance Important Educational Priorities
  • Keeping Current on Legal Developments


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