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When Minor Classroom Misbehavior Escalates to a Federal Court Lawsuit
Category: Appellate Law, Education, Litigation
In a recent case, a seventh grade boy was written up by his teacher because she saw him selling candy in class. The student told an assistant principal that he had hidden the candy in the bottom of a garbage can, and a later search uncovered candy right where the student said it would be. A search…
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How Should Arkansas Schools Handle Parent Demands for Emails About Students? Navigating FERPA & FOIA.
Category: Education
Arkansas schools often face parent requests to see all the school’s documents and emails about their child. Schools may wonder whether a parent has a right to such sweeping information. Federal law gives parents[1] the right to access their child’s education records under the Family Educational…
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School Not Required to Pay Attorneys' Fees Even Where IDEA Violation Found
Category: Appellate Law, Education, Eighth Circuit Appellate , Litigation
A hearing officer with the Arkansas Department of Education (“ADE”) finds that a school violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) by failing to evaluate and develop a behavior intervention plan (“BIP”) to address a student’s behavior deficits. Under the IDEA, this…
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First Amendment Rights of Licensed Teacher Litigated in Federal Court
Category: Appellate Law, Education
A licensed teacher was investigated, but the case was closed without disciplinary action taken. The teacher was warned that the existence of the investigation and its outcome were to remain strictly confidential. The teacher claimed that this is contrary to his First Amendment rights. Can the…
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