Educational Law Update Series

Educational Law Update Series

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Educational Law Update Series

Sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association

Presented by members of the firm of Stitzel, Page, and Fletcher

Session I. Student Discipline, Bullying and Harassment: A Practical Legal Overview for Vermont School Administrators- November 13, 2014

School administrators often must take action or make decisions in the heat of the moment when student discipline, bullying and student-student harassment issues arise. Vermont and federal law present a challenging array of legal requirements –statutory, regulatory and Constitutional – requiring compliance by school administrators dealing with these issues.Experienced school attorneys will prepare seasoned and new school administrators to recognize and manage situations before legal challenges result in time-consuming corrective action or costly litigation. Topics will include: policy and procedure mandates; preventative steps to reduce occurrences; constitutional due process requirements for discipline proceedings; special rules and procedures relating to these topics when they involve students on IEPs or 504 plans; tips for conducting and documenting sufficient investigations of harassment or bullying claims; discussion of common errors and how to avoid them. To register:

Session II. Current Issues in Labor and Personnel Law: a Workshop for Public School Administrators; Legislative Update- January 13, 2015

A workshop designed to help school administrators, human resource professionals and business managers stay up to date and compliant with the myriad of labor and employment laws which affect school districts and supervisory unions. The presenters will cover: labor negotiations and collective bargaining; Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Acts (as amended), FLSA Wage and Hour compliance; how to hire, evaluate, discipline and fire personnel; what to cover in an exit interview; how to craft effective performance plans; and, relevant legislative updates to employment laws.

Legislative Update: Time will be set aside at the end of the session to provide a quick “heads up” review of proposed legislation in the pipeline for this year’s legislative session.

To register:

Session III. Special Education and Section 504 Issues: A Review and Update for Vermont School Administrators -March 24, 2015

Virtually every aspect of public education is affected by State and federal special education and disabilities law mandates. The presenters will provide an overview of the laws, and identify common errors and pitfalls for administrators when implementing these mandates on a day to day basis. The presenters will describe solutions and make recommendations concerning best practices to avoid such pitfalls. To register: