Thursday, October 25 ● 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sheraton New York Times Square, New York City
(Separate Registration Fee: $285)
New York State School Boards Association and
New York State Association of School Attorneys
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
School Safety – A World Turned Upside Down
Sadly there are no guarantees that will keep school children and staff safe from a violent attack while at school. Recent events again have districts re-examining what they can do better to prevent and respond to such an event. From community engagement, security measures and training to mental health, interagency collaboration and law enforcement partnerships, join a discussion of the real life and legal issues involved.
9:45 – 10:40 a.m.
Political Discourse in Public Schools – Complex Issues without Simple Rules
Public school can limit the exercise of free speech rights within their buildings and grounds, including expressions of political solidarity. But what if school officials want to allow or even engage in such speech? When and what limitations might be appropriate? To whom would they apply? Understand better the legal issues involved.
10:40 – 11:30 a.m.
Sexual Harassment of Staff – What Every School Board Needs to Know
The prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace is not new. But the #MeToo Movement shows work still needs to be done in this area. Find out if your policies and practices adequately protect both your district and its staff. Reassess your prevention, identification, investigation and resolution processes.
11:30 a.m. – Noon
School Law: A Year in Review Part I – New Laws and Regulations
School district responsibilities are continuously evolving. Learn how this year’s actions by the Legislature and the State Education Department have transformed those obligations.
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Employment Law – Some Bargaining and Non-Bargaining Issues
Discuss the impact of the recent Supreme Court’s agency shop decision on your district. Review the various bargaining implications of New York’s ESSA Plan. Hear about non-bargaining employment issues you should be aware of.
2:20 – 2:35 p.m.
2:35 – 3:30 p.m.
Special Education Disputes – Litigate or Settle: That is the Question
It is not always easy to resolve parental issues over special education services. Should you litigate all disputes? When should you settle? Learn about the factors you need to consider when making that decision.
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
School Law: A Year in Review Part II – New Court Cases and Other Rulings
Official interpretations of law and regulations affect how school boards govern and operate their schools. Hear how your district might need to adapt to satisfy changes in legal requirements.