21st Annual Pre-Convention School Law Seminar

Thursday, October 12 ● 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  
Crowne Plaza, Lake Placid  
(Separate Registration Fee:  $315)           

Co-hosted by

New York State School Boards Association and
New York State Association of School Attorneys

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Federal Education Policy – Measured Shifts or a Tsunami?
Hear from high level federal officials about the new administration’s policy goals for public education and the enforcement of civil rights in public schools. From transgender and immigrant student rights to school discipline and disability discrimination - What will change? What will remain the same? Find out how the new changes will affect the operation of school districts.

School District Responsibilities Toward Undocumented Students
School districts across the nation have concerns over the impact that heightened federal enforcement of immigration laws might have on their schools. Learn more about the rights of undocumented students under the U.S. Constitution and other laws including confidentiality, interrogation, school removal and anti-harassment protections. Hear how these protections affect a school’s response to law enforcement requests regarding these students. Explore what your district can do now to prepare for such a request, including a review of current policies and practices.

School Board Member Free Speech Rights
Do school board members really have First Amendment free speech rights? What can’t they talk about as public officials? What can they say as private citizens? Learn how courts have decided such issues. Understand better how school board member free speech rights can both positively and negatively affect the governance and operation of public schools.

School Law: A Year in Review Part I – New Laws and Regulations
School districts derive their rights and responsibilities primarily from statutory laws and administrative regulations. Learn how this year’s activities within the Legislature and the State Education Department are transforming a district’s legal obligations. Hear what is new and what has changed, and what your district must comply with now and in the years ahead.

School Law: A Year in Review Part II – New Court Cases and Other Rulings
Court decisions, appeals to the commissioner of education, and rulings from other agencies regularly interpret laws and regulations in a manner that affects the way in which school districts must fulfill their legal responsibilities. Find out how your district might need to adapt its governance and school operations to satisfy changes in compliance requirements redefined by those decisions.

Staff Emails and Texts to Parents and Students – The Legal and Practical Issues
Should school boards allow, prohibit or restrict staff use of personal cell phones and other communication devices to connect with parents and students? Hear about the potential legal risks and the practical implications of such use for school districts. Are such communications subject to disclosure? Learn more about the issues involved and possible ways to address them.

ESSA in New York – What has the State Done?
New York now has a plan for implementing the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act. Learn how the new school accountability rules and additional requirements for the support of teachers and school building leaders will impact school board responsibilities and the operation of public schools. Become better prepared to navigate a new maze of mixed challenges and opportunities on the road to compliance.


Registration

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9th Annual Pre-Convention Communications Workshop

Thursday, October 12 ● 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lussi Ballroom, The Conference Center at Lake Placid
(Separate Registration Fee:  $125)


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AGENDA

PART 1
Community Engagement: Building “Informed Consent”
Are major initiatives in your school district derailed or stymied by lack of buy-in from the community? Is your board sometimes gridlocked over polarizing issues? Are public meetings counterproductive or worse – grandstanding sessions? Learn how to work with your fiercest opponents on difficult, often divisive issues such as budgets, bond referendums, staff changes, realignment of educational programs, school/grade reconfigurations, etc.

PART 2
Social Media Activism & Fake News
Could your school district be the target of social media activism? Today, anyone with a blog, Facebook or Twitter account can provoke activism against an initiative or proposal in your district. Moreover, using these tools, someone could easily spread misinformation or “fake news” about your district. Learn how to position your school district in these types of volatile situations and guide the narrative.

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Registration

  • Already registered for NYSSBA’s Annual Convention? Open your registration confirmation email and select Attendee Service Center to add this seminar. Username and password are provided in the email to log in. Select Edit, scroll down to select Continue. Check box for 9th Annual Pre-Convention Communications Workshop. Enter form of payment and select Complete Registration.
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