The Long Arm of the …er, uh…Principal?

Posted on: June 12th, 2015

In Act 191 (H.B. 131), which has an effective date of May 6, 2015, the Georgia General Assembly revised the definition of bullying in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-751.4.  https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/131  Local school systems should review their existing policies for compliance with the amendment. The previous law defined bullying to mean those acts that fit the definition of […]


SINGLE-SEX CLASSES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS? CAN IT BE?

Posted on: December 31st, 2014

Would it surprise you to learn that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 does not prohibit single-sex classes in public schools?  Well, it doesn’t!  On December 1, 2014, the U.S. DOE’s Office for Civil Rights issued FAQs on Title IX and single-sex classes.  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/publications.html#TitleIX-Pubs  As a graduate of a single sex middle school […]


Charter Schools and Federal Civil Rights Law

Posted on: October 17th, 2014

Charter schools are subject to the same federal civil rights laws that apply to traditional public schools. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a Dear Colleague Letter dated May 14, 2014 as a reminder to charter schools of their obligations under federal law.  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/whatsnew.html. Some of the highlights of the […]


PRIVATE K-12 SCHOOLS AND THE FMLA

Posted on: May 21st, 2014

by Debra Golymbieski, Partner The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides in pertinent part that public as well as private elementary and secondary schools are covered employers without regard to the number of employees employed. (29 C.F.R. § 825.104) But that is not the end of the inquiry. The regulations also provide that even […]


It’s Smart Business to Establish a Contract Process in Schools

Posted on: April 10th, 2014

by Debra Golymbieski, Partner Implement a contract process? Yeah, right! Contracts are boring and time consuming and schools are understaffed as it is. “We’ll just keep squeaking by as we have been and hope that the contractor performs, we don’t get sued and no one gets hurt.” Sound familiar? Why does your public or private […]


Ready, Set — Eat Healthy! Is your school ready to implement the HHFKA?

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014

by Debra Golymbieski, Partner Is your school ready to implement the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA)?  Any public or private school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) must adhere to the new competitive food and beverage regulations of the USDA’s Interim Final Rule implementing […]