WNYESC Board of Directors Program Committee:
UPCOMING CALENDAR of EVENTS
August 1, 2018 WNY Education Law Conference
August 1, 2018 at the Millennium
This year, our event "goes green" with all presentations available on-line,
rather than in the bulky, hard-copy packet handouts used in the past.
Your registration MUST include your e-mail address
so we can send you information to download your event app one week prior to the Law Conference.
See you at the Law Conference!
This annual conference is proudly presented by the
Erie County Association of School Boards and the WNY Educational Service Council,
in cooperation with the
Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association (E-NSSA),
NYS Association of School Attorneys (NYSASA),
and SUNY Buffalo Law School.
For complete registration and program information, click here!
Community Use of Schools - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
So, a community group wants to use your school district's facilities. What could possibly go wrong?
There are plenty of things your district will want to be prepared for when it comes to community organizations using facilities, according to Amanda Dermott, Esq., of Erie 1 BOCES policy services, and director of facilities III Keith Langlotz of the Williamsville Central School District.
For starters, districts should not just be familiar with what's legally permitted, they also should be aware that districts generally don't have to allow a community use just because it falls within what's permitted by law. Their discussion at the Aug. 1st WNY Education Law Conference will cover use of facilities, as well as considerations regarding terms and conditions to help protect district interests and decrease liability exposure.
Can Parents Demand Reimbursement for Special Education Private School?
Could this happen in your school district? Endrew F. is an autistic 5th grader from Colorado whose parents believed his public school education was inadequate. He was placed in a private school. His parents then sued for reimbursement of his private school tuition, as well as related expenses pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
You may have heard about this Supreme Court case. Are you familiar with the guidance issued by the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in its aftermath? Are you familiar with the case law that was issued, and how the decision has affected school districts in New York State?
Learn about this, as well as other matters important to know about in school districts. For instance, does your Committee on Special Education analyze the unique circumstances of each child identified under the IDEA? Are the goals in the Individual Education Plans (IEPs) appropriately ambitious? What if a parent requests use of a specific methodology? When does a parent have a right to go straight to court and file a complaint? May a student file a due process complaint against the district without involving their parents?
Andrew J. Freedman, Esq.,Hodgson Russ, will discuss these topics in his "Special Education Update" from 10:20-11:20 a.m. at the August 1st WNY Education Law Conference.
Law Conference participants also can hear about updates to ESSA and other education law hot topics from Jay Worona, Deputy Director and General Counsel for the New York State School Boards Association, and choose from nine sessions throughout the day on other topics, such as student discipline, school safety and student trips, employee mental health, community use of facilities, recent developments in employee benefits, and more. For complete program and registration information, click here.
Open to WNY education administration and school board members, this year's conference "goes green," with all presentations available online, rather than hard copies in packets as in years past. Event Mobi will be the online source for all law conference materials. Registrants will be able to download presentations to devices prior to the conference. Conference evaluation also will be online this year. Access to the app will be sent one week prior to the conference.
The 2018 WNY Education Law Conference is presented by the Erie County Association of School Boards and the WNY Educational Service Council, in cooperation with the Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association (E-NSSA), the NYS Association of School Attorneys (NYSASA), and SUNY Buffalo Law School, with sponsorship from PLS 3rd Learning and Tronconi Segarra and Associates.
Chair: Dr. Geoffrey Hicks: Clarence CSD
Dr. Brian Schmitt: Genesee Valley CSD
Lynda Quick: Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES
Michelle Bradley: Lockport City School District