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Education Law

Making the Grade with Educators

Attorneys in the Firm’s Education Law group interact with state and/or local school boards, foundations, and administrators at private and public schools and colleges, to provide counsel on best practices to govern and manage their institutions.

Our legal counsel involves consultation concerning day-to-day issues, as well as more serious matters that can lead to litigation.

Public, private, religious, and charter school systems face several challenges. Our attorneys help school district administrators to proactively address a host of regulations and issues impacting the education sector today, including:

  • Unions and Collective Bargaining
  • Labor Grievances
  • Fundraising:
    • Local, state, and federal funding for public schools
    • Tuition payments, endowments, grants, and charitable donations for private schools
  • Remote Learning Format and Methods
  • Title IX Protections for Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Threat Assessment Procedures
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Service Dogs per Titles II and III of the ADA
  • Transportation and School Bus Safety
  • Special Education and Student Mainstreaming
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Student Behavior and Mental Health Issues
  • Student Records and Privacy

Food Allergens in School Systems
In addition to the factors listed above, food allergies are a growing public health concern. According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), it is predicted that one in 13 children have food allergies and that more than 40 percent of children with food allergies have experienced severe reactions. School district personnel need to be trained with the knowledge to spot and quickly react to students exhibiting symptoms of food allergies, because the outcome could be life threatening. If an incident is reported involving a student ingesting an allergen at school, our attorneys guide educators through the analysis to determine whether a legal claim can be pursued. The evaluation process undertaken mirrors that involving individuals who become ill from ingesting an allergen while dining at restaurants.

To bring clarity to legal developments impacting educational institutions, the Firm’s education law attorneys write law bulletins and blogs, and present at school district meetings, public forums, association seminars, and national education conferences on topics related to legislative and case law updates.

Attorneys in the Firm’s Education Law group interact with state and/or local school boards, foundations, and administrators at private and public schools and colleges, to provide counsel on best practices to govern and manage their institutions.

Our legal counsel involves consultation concerning day-to-day issues, as well as more serious matters that can lead to litigation.

Keeping Ahead of Education Laws

Our education attorneys are well-versed with federal and state laws, regulations, and court cases related to education, as well as local school district policies and procedures. Our education lawyers help institutions and school boards resolve disputes and navigate the complicated education system.

Our attorneys advice clients on a variety of legal issues, including:

  • Student Rights and Disciplinary Actions
  • Special Education and Disability Rights
  • Employment and Labor Issues
  • School Safety and Liability Issues
  • Threat Assessment Procedures and Response
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Constitutional Policies 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some common legal issues that school boards might face?

School boards may face a variety of legal issues, including student rights and protection, special education law, public school financing and budgeting issues, school discipline disputes, faculty rights, and teacher contract issues. They may also need to comply with state and federal laws such as the No Child Left Behind Act or Title IX. Additionally, they may need to address constitutional issues involving religion in schools, free speech rights, or privacy concerns.

How does an education lawyer handle matters related to student discipline and rights?

An education lawyer can help schools handle student discipline issues in a fair and legal manner. They provide guidance on matters relating to student rights, including freedom of speech, search and seizure, and disciplinary actions. Education attorneys also review existing policies to ensure they are consistent with state and federal laws as well as local school district policies.

How does an education lawyer navigate regulatory compliance for schools?

An education lawyer can help schools understand and comply with laws such as the No Child Left Behind Act and Title IX. They provide advice on how to develop policies that are in line with state and federal regulations, as well as aid in understanding any potential legal issues before they arise. Additionally, an education attorney can assist in navigating the intricacies of special education law and disability rights, helping to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate educational services.

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Three convenient northern Ohio locations in Lorain, Medina, and Erie Counties serve our clients’ needs. Please call us at 440.930.4001 or fill out the form below.

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