North Carolina School Boards Association

Ethics for Local Boards of Education – Video
Feb 21 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Ethics for Local Boards of Education - Video

This session is designed to fulfill the legal requirement that all school board members receive two hours of ethics education within 12 months of being elected or re-elected or appointed or reappointed to office.  The session will cover the laws and principles that govern conflicts of interest and ethical standards of conduct for board members in North Carolina.  Ms. Schafer will include practical scenarios to illustrate how the law applies to the duties and responsibilities of North Carolina school board members.

Presenter: Allison Schafer, Director of Policy/Legal Counsel, NCSBA

Students and Free Speech: Law and Controversy – Video
Mar 7 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Students and Free Speech: Law and Controversy - Video

Over the years, student speech and self-expression has taken many forms, including wearing armbands to protest the war in Vietnam, wearing T-shirts with controversial slogans, handing out political literature to fellow students, and holding different types of protest demonstrations to indicate support for or opposition to all sorts of political and social causes.  This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals cases that directly address the First Amendment rights of public school students while they are at school or involved in school activities.  It will also provide board members with a general understanding of the legal principles that govern the board’s ability to place limitations on student speech and expression at school.

Presenter: Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel

Website Accessibility – Video
Apr 4 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Website Accessibility - Video

In this webinar, board members will learn basic information about federal requirements to make school system websites accessible to everyone.  The Office of Civil Rights is currently reviewing many school system websites to ensure the information presented on the website is accessible to persons with disabilities.  This presentation will enable board members to have a more meaningful dialogue with school officials about website accessibility.

Presenter: Nancy Black, Staff Attorney

Data Privacy and Security – Video
May 2 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

This webinar will provide an overview of some of the most pressing legal issues surrounding a school district’s collection, use, and security of student data, focusing on the application of FERPA to electronic records and offer guidance on policies, procedures, transparency, parental disclosures, and working with third-party vendors.

Presenter: Scott Murray, Staff Attorney

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