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Emerging Legal Issues in Public Education: Implementing the 'Pledge' Consistent With Federal Civil Rights Laws

November 18, 2015
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

In July 2014, the school districts comprising the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) committed to carrying out specific actions to prepare males of color for college and careers and to help them succeed.

Please join us for a webinar at which leaders of the CGCS will provide an overview of the specific ways the council is helping school districts implement “A Pledge by America’s Great City Schools” (the Pledge). Husch Blackwell attorneys will discuss how to implement the Pledge in a way that is fully consistent with Title VI and Title IX, as well as some of the legal limitations that should be considered when implementing initiatives – for example, the appropriate way to implement
single-sex classes or programs. They will also address Pledge actions that are consistent with areas of enforcement by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, such as reviews of discriminatory discipline practices.  


  • Overview of the CGCS commitment to My Brother’s Keeper
  • Council support for implementation of the My Brother’s Keeper pledge at the district level
  • Title VI and Title IX Pledge implications
Date and Time
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. (EST)

John Borkowski, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Julie Wright Halbert, Legislative Counsel, CGCS
Raymond Hart, Director of Research, CGCS
Elizabeth Samples, Attorney, Husch Blackwell

Who Should Attend 
Public school industry leaders, including: in-house counsel, board members, administrators, compliance officers and others with influence over institutional compliance practices. 

Continuing Education Credits
This program is pending approval for Missouri, Illinois and Indiana continuing legal education credit. CLE credit may be available in other states through individual application. Please alert us if you are interested in having us look into other states for future webinars. We will do so once we have a critical mass of interested participants.

This event is complimentary; however, registration is required. 

Contact Shana Hoy at 816.983.8809.

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Elizabeth S. Samples

Senior Counsel