The Deadline Approaches …

By: Amanda Sundquist Statements of Financial Interest are not just for candidates running for office. Public officials (individuals currently serving elected or appointed offices) and certain public employees are required to annually file the Statement by May 1st. Local (county, township, borough, or school district) public officials and employees file their Statements in their local […]

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Transgender Policy Issues: New Developments and Legal Uncertainty

By: Andrew D.H. Rau and Amanda J. Sundquist School administrators and legal practitioners across Pennsylvania and the nation are digesting the latest, and sometimes conflicting, developments when it comes to policy and practice concerning transgender rights. The lead headlines have focused on the Trump Administration’s new joint Dear Colleague Letter, issued by the U.S. Department […]

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To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question: Educational Records

By: Amanda J. Sundquist School administrators and administrative staff are often faced with a number of challenging issues regarding enrollment of new students. A common issue is whether a school district can register a child where the school district has not received the child’s prior educational records, including disciplinary records. A school district may not […]

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To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question: Home Language Survey

By: Amanda J. Sundquist With the start of the school year, school administrators and administrative staff are often faced with a number of challenging issues regarding enrollment of new students. A common issue is whether a school district can register a child whose parents have declined to complete the Home Language Survey. In order to […]

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To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question: Immunizations

By: Amanda Sundquist With the start of the school year, school administrators and administrative staff are often faced with a number of challenging issues regarding enrollment of new students. A common issue is whether a school district can register a child that does not have the required proof of immunization. A school district may accept […]

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Office for Civil Rights Guidance on Student Enrollment

By: Amanda Sundquist The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) updated its previous “Dear Colleague” letter issued in 2011 regarding public schools’ obligations for student enrollment. Public schools may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status of a student (or his/her parent or guardian) in regard to a right […]

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New Jersey School Districts Permitted to Add Alleged Bullies and Parents as Defendants

By: Amanda Sundquist In a unique ruling, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge has permitted two school districts to add eleven students and their parents as third party defendants in a bullying and harassment case against the school districts. The students are alleged to have bullied the student plaintiff and their parents are alleged to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear “I (Heart) Boobies” Student Speech Case

By: Amanda Sundquist I have previously blogged about a First Amendment law suit brought by two middle school students against Easton Area School District in federal court. The school district banned the wearing of “I (heart) Boobies” bracelets distributed by the Keep A Breast Foundation. The students were suspended for failing to comply with the […]

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New Concussion Standards for School Districts

By: Amanda Sundquist On November 9, 2011, the “Safety in Youth Sports Act” was signed into law.  The Act addresses concussion and head injury risks for student athletes and the education of the coaching staff. School districts have new parent notification obligations under the Act.  Prior to participation of a student athlete in an athletic […]

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School Board Prayer: The Third Circuit Rules

By: Andrew D.H. Rau The constitutional debate surrounding student prayer in the public school setting has long been the subject of discussion in the federal courts. Now, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an important decision on a related question—the right of a school board to open its meetings with prayer. Third Circuit […]

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