This webinar will explore the current federal and state legal patchwork governing challenges to the educational program and instructional materials by parents and other stakeholders. The webinar will include a discussion of recent developments and trends, an in-depth analysis of current federal and state law and policy, and an overview of NCSBA’s policy tools for navigating curriculum and textbook challenges. Additionally, the webinar will cover several policy and other recommendations for handling such challenges within your school system.
Presenter: Jim O’Rourke, Staff Attorney
Sexual Harassment Training for School Employees
Presenter: Kathy Boyd, NCSBA Senior Staff Attorney
This webinar will help school employees understand what kinds of behavior constitutes sexual harassment and who is affected by such behavior. The webinar will also inform employees how to respond if they witness such behavior and how to report sexual harassment through appropriate school channels.
Opioid addiction is an epidemic in the United States. This webinar will discuss the impact of the crisis in North Carolina, explain ways in which it could intersect with schools, and identify issues school officials should consider if confronted with it in your school system.
Presenter: Sam Thorp, Staff Attorney
This webinar will debunk 10 popular myths related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It will cover topics including new regulations, overtime pay requirements, and qualifications for exempt versus nonexempt status. The webinar aims to clarify questions surrounding FLSA and help board members and administrators better serve school system employees.
Presenter: Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney
During this webinar the presenter will discuss the 2014 U.S. Supreme Court and 2017 Fourth Circuit cases that address some of the legal issues related to the practice of opening school board meetings with prayer. Although these cases do not provide a definitive answer to every related legal question, this webinar will discuss the clear holding of each case so that school board members and administrators will be well-informed about the current status of the law.
Presenter: Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel
This webinar will provide an overview of some of the most pressing legal issues and policy concerns surrounding a school district’s use of video cameras on school property, as well as the disclosure, maintenance, and/or storage of video records. The webinar will include a review of recent cases and guidance addressing the use of cameras to monitor classrooms, hallways, entrances, buses, sporting events, etc.
Presenter: Scott Murray, Staff Attorney
Modern technology has given us new tools to communicate more quickly and broadly. In this webinar we will take a look at public school employees’ right to freedom of speech under the U.S. Constitution in the context of this brave new world of the internet, as well as with the growth of social media. It will provide board members with a general understanding of the legal principles that govern the board’s ability to place limitations on employee speech.
Presenter: Nancy Black, Staff Attorney
Refresh your memory or learn anew about the law surrounding the conduct of school boards meetings. Topics will include the Open Meetings Law, public comment requirements, common parliamentary procedure issues, and other legal matters that can trip you up if you aren’t careful. Get your questions answered, and learn things that may surprise you!
Presenter: Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy