These far-reaching revisions are sure to affect all areas of school administration, including special education, school safety, and homeschool programs.
School Law Bullet
Long term COVID, it seems, is not just a medical condition. In the wake of the COVID epidemic, parents motivated by opposition to masking have been newly empowered to raise objection to public school requirements and programming with which they disagree.
Do Schools Have a Right to Prevent Teachers from Displaying Messages of Inclusion in Their Classrooms?September 12th, 2022
Recently, school board members, school administrators, teachers and parent groups have been battling over what free-speech rights teachers have when they decorate their classrooms. Many of these disputes are making their way to courtrooms across the country.
Act 57 now requires school districts to waive the penalty, fee, interest, or other charges when new homeowners do not receive a bill notice within the first year of owning a property.
The Office for Civil Rights has just issued guidance as to how Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applies to the use of student discipline. Its focus is the balancing that schools must do when considering providing for a student’s disability-based behaviors on the one hand, and maintaining an appropriate and safe learning environment for all students on the other.
Pennsbury School District Settles a Lawsuit for $300,000 Brought By Four Residents Who Challenged School Board Policies Restricting Public Comment Speech at Board MeetingsJuly 19th, 2022
Following the filing of a lawsuit by four residents accusing the Pennsbury School Board of curtailing public comments and enforcing unconstitutional free speech policies at Board meetings, the Pennsbury School District agrees to pay a $300,000 lawsuit settlement.
On July 8, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 55 of 2022 into law, intending to address ongoing learning losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Act 55 expands the opportunity for extended enrollment to students with disabilities.
In a recent case from the Third Circuit, a school district prevailed against parents’ claims for failure of child find, for denial of FAPE and for private school tuition, both at hearing and in all levels of the parents’ appeals to the federal courts.
On June 23, 2022, fifty years to the day after President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Dr. Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s Secretary of Education, announced the much-anticipated 2022 Title IX Regulations, the fulfillment of Biden’s March 8, 2020 Executive Order guaranteeing an educational environment free from sex discrimination for all students.
On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District that a Washington state public school district cannot prohibit a high school football coach from praying at the 50-yard line after a game.