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The Arizona Charter Schools Association is proud to bring you these informative sessions as a part of our Legal Week Events. This two-day seminar will present on hot topics in legal issues that charter schools are facing today. Come and learn how to protect you and your schools!
Arizona Charter Schools Association members also have the opportunity to register for a free webinar which will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 10am.
Below you will find the list of sessions that will be provided each day. You have the option of registering "a la carte" for any specific day or days that interest you, or registering for the entire seminar at the discounted rate.
Sessions are being delivered by great lawfirm members of the Charter Association such as Rader Mayrose LLP, Fennemore Craig, Udall Shumway, and Osborn Maledon.
Also as a part of Legal Week, keep posted to your emails and the Association's social media accounts for informative blogs and the "Ask a Lawyer" Web Series which will air during Legal Week!
MDRs, FBAs, and BIPs – Oh My! How to Remain Compliant in Student Discipline Matters
Disciplining students with disabilities can be confusing, such as handling the Manifest Determination Reviews, conducting Functional Behavior Assessments, etc. Knowing what is required and when is critical to avoiding any missteps that could lead to possible complaints or litigation. This session will explore the discipline process for students with disabilities, including what is required and when, critical documentation to avoid due process violations, and balancing compliance with procedural safeguards under both the IDEA and Section 504.
Policies and Practices in Special Education to Help Reduce Legal Liabilities
Often, Charter Schools are faced with situations where their policies and practices are challenged. If the school does not have the proper policies in effect, it can result in liability and increased costs for the school. Ensuring your school has proper policies and practices in place to address students with disabilities can keep your school out of hot water. In this session, the presenters will discuss when the school is either required to have, or when it is best practice to have, a policy/practice related to special education implemented at your school.
Bullying and Harassment: Policies, Protocols, and Investigations: A Legal Update on the Law and Best Practices
Understand the difference between harassment and bullying, Review Best Practices for policies and procedures; Discuss how to properly conduct investigations including working with parents and staff. This interactive session will include an overview of social media concerns and cyberbullying. Ask questions and get answers.
Open Meeting Law
The Arizona Open Meeting Law applies to public bodies, which include charter schools. It may not apply to the boards of charter school operator or management companies, but if the memberships of the boards overlap the open meeting law may apply when you don't expect it. In this session, potential danger zones will be discussed as well as the sometime unclear requirements of the law.
When the State of Arizona audits a charter school it may find an over payment. Sometimes it disagrees with the school about calculating the amount that should have been paid, including ADM, and it may find a large over payment. This session will address recent efforts by the State to impose liability for over payments on charter schools, management companies and their employees.
Join us May 4, 2016 at 10:30am for a webinar presented by Arizona Charter Schools Association's President and CEO, Eileen Sigmund and Veridus' Jay Kaprosy. This webinar will cover the happenings of the 2016 legislative session and what it all means for your school. This is provided FREE for Association members.
"Ask a Lawyer" Webcast with Lynne Adams
This year we are featuring a new webcast titled, "Ask a Lawyer," where attorney Lynne Adams will answer questions submitted by charter school leaders. Don't miss this fun and informative feature moderated by Association trainer, Andrew Nelson. There is no need to register for this as it will be published on our website and social media accounts. It will also be emailed to all Association members the day it goes live!
Hot Topics in Employment Law
Charter schools are constantly facing costly governmental investigations and litigation initiated by former and current employees. We will be discussing trends in employee complaints and how charter school operators can improve their employment policies and practices to avoid liability in various areas. Specifically, we will be discussing the following topics:
· Wage and hour issues for school employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, including white collar exemption changes and overtime investigations
· Social media policies and other policies that may run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act
· Accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act
· Retaliation and whistleblower protections under state and federal law
· Misclassification of employees as independent contractors
Contracts are a necessary part of business, but many charter owners do not understand the importance of various contract terms. We will go through the basics of contract formation (oral and written), common contract terms and what they mean, and why certain terms should be included in every contract. We will also discuss specific types of contracts, including employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, construction contracts, leases, and vendor contracts.
Due to the generous support of our sponsors including Rader Mayrose LLP,
we are able to keep the costs of these seminars low for you!