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Husch Blackwell Education Attorneys to Present at National School Boards Association Conference

Speaking Engagement
3.26.17

John Borkowski and Aleks Rushing will be presenting on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the National School Boards Association Conference in Denver, Colorado on the following topics:

  1. The Office for Civil Rights
  2. Title IX
  3. The Every Student Succeeds Act

What You Need to Know About the Office for Civil Rights (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM)

We will help attendees understand the unique role of the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Education.  The presentation will cover recent federal guidance on diverse civil rights issues affecting school districts, an analysis of OCR’s shifting enforcement priorities and discussion of what school board members can do to make sure that their districts are prepared in the event of a complaint or investigation.

The Impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (1:30 PM - 2:45 PM)

Congress surprised many when it was finally able to belatedly reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, replacing No Child Left Behind with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in late 2015.  ESSA promises to return a greater amount of control to state and local decision-makers.  Come to this session to get an overview of the key changes in the law, the latest on new federal regulations and what it all means for your school district.

The Wide Scope of Title IX's Prohibition of Sex Discrimination in Public Education (3:45 PM - 5:00 PM)

When it was first enacted in 1972, Title IX's greatest impact was in the area of athletics, but over the years the scope of its impact has broadened significantly. Make sure that you understand what now constitutes prohibited sex discrimination and learn how to ensure gender equity in your district.  In this session, we will discuss the range of Title IX issues from athletics to sexual harassment and assault to sexual orientation and gender identity issues. The presentation will review recent guidance and discuss best practices for districts.

For more information, visit the conference website.