Cannabis Conundrum

“Medical marijuana is legal in Florida and can be prescribed for minors. However, it is still illegal under federal law, so what does this mean for Florida charter schools? This webinar, presented by attorney Kathleen Schoenberg, will review how other states have handled this topic and discuss how lessons from other states can be applied to your school. (more…)

Section 504: 21 Myths and Realities

Section 504: 21 Myths and Realities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is perhaps the most misunderstood law applicable to the education of students with special needs. Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Specifically, Section 504 indicates that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely because of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal funds. Many school principals and teachers are not well versed in this federal law, yet the primary impact of and responsibility for a Section 504 Plan is in general education. There are distinct differences between a Section 504 Plan and an IEP and they include being implemented in the general education classroom, created as a civil rights law, and no funding attached to it. Charter school LEADERS play a pivotal role in meeting the needs of students with a Section 504 Plan. This engaging and interactive session will provide 21 explanations on myths and realities in the Section 504 process and implementation at a school. The webinar will be presented by Liliana Salazar, the National Director of Special Education and Student Support for Academica. (more…)

Legal Update on Charter School Law

Legal Update on Charter School Law

Each year Attorney Daniel Woodring of the Woodring Law Firm presents one of the most popular sessions at the Florida Charter School Conference regarding legal updates and changes to charter school law and related cases. Mr. Woodring will provide his 2018 presentation during this free webinar. The webinar will focus primarily on updates and issues related to Florida, but will also include significant legal developments from other states that may affect Florida schools. (more…)

FLDOE Disciplinary Action Search and Mandatory Hiring Practices

FLDOE Disciplinary Action Search and Mandatory Hiring Practices

Hiring employees is a critical task for school administrators. Not only do you need to focus on hiring the best and brightest candidates, but you also need to be focused on statutory requirements regarding vetting of new hires. In addition to the criminal history background and reference checks, charter schools must check the Bureau of Educator Certification for any processing alerts and the state’s Disciplinary Action Search webpage for any final orders of the Education Practices Commission. This presentation will focus on how to use these search systems to identify prohibitions from employment and any limitations or conditions of practice for potential educator candidates. The webinar will be presented by Marian Lambeth, who is the Chief of Professional Practices Services with the Florida Department of Education. (more…)

Charter School Law Highlights for Board Members and School Leaders

Charter School Law Highlights for Board Members and School Leaders

The Charter School statute (1002.33) is over 17,000 words long and includes many requirements for charter schools and their sponsors. What are the essential pieces governing board members should be focused on? Join us for this informative webinar where we will quickly run through the primary laws that the governing board members of currently operating schools should be aware of to ensure their schools are in compliance. Kathleen Schoenberg, an attorney who works with charter schools throughout Florida and who provides the state-mandated governance training for board members, will be presenting this informative webinar. (more…)

Changes to Public Records Statutes

Changes to Public Records Statutes

Public Records Requests have been on the rise for charter schools, and lawsuits for those who do not properly respond to such requests are a reality for charters throughout Florida. The public records statute was recently changed to require that if someone plans to sue over a public records request, they must provide 5-days notice before filing the lawsuit if the school has properly posted who their “custodian of public records” is. This simple posting could save Charter Schools thousands of dollars and many headaches. Join us for a presentation about this new change and public records laws in general presented by attorney Shawn Arnold of the Arnold Law Firm who is Board Certified in Education Law and is counsel to more than 100 charter schools in Florida. (more…)