School Law Bulletin Winter 2015

MA charter schools should expect heightened oversight in wake of report

A recent state audit found significant deficiencies in the oversight of charter schools by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), including maintaining outdated data on student waitlists and applying inconsistent standards in renewing school charters.

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Incorporating social media training into a school curriculum

In September 2014, the United Kingdom added cyber-security to its secondary school curriculum. Schools in Britain will now educate students on firewalls, malware, and cybercrime, as well as teach students about career opportunities in the field of cyber-security. Some schools in the U.S. are following Britain's lead by incorporating social media training into their classrooms.

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Schools must consider the interplay between individual health care plans for students and federal disability law

Despite addressing students’ individual medical needs in good faith, Rhode Island and Massachusetts schools may nonetheless violate federal law by failing to consider and implement an accommodation plan under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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Clarifying Misconceptions About Title IX  

Despite being well known for successfully promoting gender equality in educational programs, particularly for women’s and girls’ sports programs, Title IX is often misunderstood by students, coaches, parents, and administrators.

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