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Legal Issues for the General Assembly and the End of the School Year February 5, 2013 Athens, Georgia Phil Hartley Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP. Georgia ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERS. A NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGES. Move on, but don’t forget what we learned The Support of Your Community

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georgia association of educational leaders

Legal Issues for the General Assembly and the End of the School Year

February 5, 2013

Athens, Georgia

Phil Hartley

Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP

Georgia ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERS

a new year new challenges
A NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGES

Move on, but don’t forget what we learned

The Support of Your Community

The Message is Important

embracing choice
EMBRACING CHOICE

Involving Parents, Involving the Community

Charter is Not a Negative Word

There are So Many Other Options

Communication is the Key

choice under the gold dome
CHOICE UNDER THE GOLD DOME

Tuition Tax Credits

Expanding Vouchers

New State Charters

Flexibility for Districts?

parent trigger
PARENT TRIGGER

What is the trigger?

Unacceptable, lower 20%, performance standards

How Many Parents (or Teachers) Must Decide?

Majority or 60%

Then What?

Charter

Remove Personnel

Parent Choice within the District

Monitor or Management Team

School Improvement Plan

Restructure School Governance

no raises again what can teachers expect
NO RAISES AGAIN, WHAT CAN TEACHERS EXPECT?

Evaluations

Teacher Authority and Discipline

20 2 210 annual performance evaluation
§ 20-2-210 Annual Performance Evaluation

Started with QBE and mandated evaluations developed by the State

Why that Didn’t Work

Local Control and HB 1187

Tying Evaluations to Pay and Certification

A New State Model and RTTT

Mandated Evaluations Developed by the State

issues with a new mandated evaluation system
ISSUES WITH A NEW MANDATED EVALUATION SYSTEM

Who will be evaluated: Teachers of record, principals, everyone else

Multiple measurements, including student achievement

“Fair , rigorous, transparent, and valid measures”

State Assessments, SLO’s, Growth analysis

How much will it count?

Classroom observations and student assessments

"Exemplary," "Proficient," "Needs Development," or "Ineffective,"

how will the evaluation be used
HOW WILL THE EVALUATION BE USED?

Certification

Step increases and merit pay

“A rating of “Ineffective” shall constitute evidence of incompetency”

“Local school systems shall base decisions regarding retention, promotion, compensation, dismissals, and other staffing decisions, including transfers, placements, and preferences in the event of reductions in force, primarily on the results of the evaluations”

existing law
Existing Law

§ 20-2-210. Annual performance evaluation (b) Annual teacher evaluations shall at a minimum take into consideration the following:(1) The role of the teacher in meeting the school's student achievement goals, including the academic gains of students assigned to the teacher;(2) Observations of the teacher by the principal and assistant principals during the delivery of instruction and at other times as appropriate;(3) Participation in professional development opportunities and the application of concepts learned to classroom and school activities;(4) Communication and interpersonal skills as they relate to interaction with students, parents, other teachers, administrators, and other school personnel;(5) Timeliness and attendance for assigned responsibilities;(6) Adherence to school and local school system procedures and rules; and(7) Personal conduct while in performance of school duties.

teacher authority
TEACHER AUTHORITY

Frustration with Principals and Assistant Principals

Frustration with Tribunals and Boards

Frustration with Juvenile Courts

Frustration with Special Education Rules

Frustration with Parents

student safety and guns in school
STUDENT SAFETY AND GUNS IN SCHOOL

§ 16-11-127.1. Carrying weapons within school safety zones, at school functions, or on school property (a) As used in this Code section, the term:(2) "Weapon" means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, knuckles, whether made from metal, thermoplastic, wood, or other similar material, blackjack, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind, and any stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 16-11-106. This paragraph excludes any of these instruments used for classroom work authorized by the teacher.

student safety and guns in school cont d
STUDENT SAFETY ANDGUNS IN SCHOOL cont’d

(b) (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, it shall beunlawful for any person to carry to or to possess or have under such person's control while within a school safety zone or at a school building, school function, or school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school any weapon

(2) Any license holder who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any person who is not a license holder who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.00, by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than ten years, or both.

(4) A child who violates this subsection may be subject to the provisions of Code Section 15-11-63.

student safety and guns in school cont d1
STUDENT SAFETY ANDGUNS IN SCHOOL cont’d

(c) The provisions of this Code section shall not apply to:(6) A person who has been authorized in writing by a duly authorized official of the school to have in such person's possession or use as part of any activity being conducted at a school building, school property, or school functiona weapon which would otherwise be prohibited by this Code section. Such authorization shall specify the weapon or weapons which have been authorized and the time period during which the authorization is valid;

(17) Teachers and other school personnel who are otherwise authorized to possess or carry weapons, provided that any such weapon is in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle or one which is in a locked container in or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle; or

what would hb 35 add
WHAT WOULD HB 35 ADD?

(19) Designated school administrators under Code Section 16-11-127.3.

“the board of education … may designate one or more administrators at each school… to possess and carry firearms within a school safety zone or school building, at a school function, or on school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school, including carrying such firearms concealed.”

“Such administrators… shall: (1) Obtain a weapons carry license; and (2)Attend and successfully complete the basic training course for peace officers or a training course developed specifically for school administrators”

“Each administrator … shall annually qualify with each firearm that he or she intends to possess or carry … with the county sheriff's department or a municipal police department in the county in which the school at which he or she is an administrator is located.”

“The board of education shall pay for the costs of all necessary and recurring training”

other concerns
Other concerns:

Concussion Legislation

Carbon Monoxide Monitoring Requirements

Bullying and Cyber Bullying Changes

Creation of Ministerial Duties

meanwhile in washington
Meanwhile in Washington…

EEOC

More diligent in investigations

More findings of discrimination and retaliation

Are they filing more lawsuits?

DOJ

More parallel investigations with OCR/EEOC

GNETS programs in Ga.

Legislation by Amicus Briefs

usdoe ocr
USDOE/OCR

Bullying/Harassment

More, longer, diligent investigations

Legislation by Regulation

Legislation by Waivers

Legislation by Dear Colleague Letters

dear colleague letter january 25 2013
Dear Colleague Letter - January 25, 2013

"Students with disabilities who cannot participate in the school district’s existing extracurricular athletics program – even with reasonable modifications or aids and services – should still have an equal opportunity to receive the benefits of extracurricular athletics. When the interests and abilities of some students with disabilities cannot be as fully and effectively met by the school district’s existing extracurricular athletic program, the school district should create additional opportunities for those students with disabilities. . . .  In those circumstances, a school district should offer students with disabilities opportunities for athletic activities that are separate or different from those offered to students without disabilities. These athletic opportunities provided by school districts should be supported equally, as with a school district’s other athletic activities."

legal issues workshop
Legal Issues Workshop

March 20, 2013 – right after GCASE, newest issues in Special Education

March 21, 2013 – focus on tribunals, safety, and enrollment

March 22, 2013 – focus on hiring/contracts, nonrenewal, personnel files, EEOC/FMLA

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“The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never before that we need to change our present concept of education. … A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first.” ― Wendell Berry