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Navigating Legal Issues of Remote Learning: Challenges for Educational Institutions

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Produced on August 03, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 7m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Education Administrative

Course Description

Since March 2020, school districts, parents, and students have been navigating through the uncharted waters of schooling during a pandemic after an abrupt pivot to distance learning models. Given the uncertainty of the year ahead, attorneys for school districts are attempting to anticipate and minimize the inevitable fallout.

Presented by Joanne L. Butler, Esq., this program will benefit attorneys representing public schools, charter schools, private schools, and collective bargaining units who are seeking insight into not only the current issues but the obstacles still to come.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss distance learning models, including who decides how instruction is provided, whether one method meets all needs, and special considerations for educating disabled students
  2. Prepare your school board for the impact on finances, including collective negotiations, vendor contracts, and existing and anticipated capital projects
  3. Analyze the impact on employment issues, including evaluations, tenure, sick leave, and family leave
  4. Minimize the inevitable compensatory education claims, including those from both special and general education students 

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Joanne L. Butler

Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP

Joanne L. Butler represents numerous boards of education as general or special counsel. In addition to providing daily counsel to her school district clients, Ms. Butler conducts in-service training at all levels and represents her clients in investigations and litigation before the Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Law, the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Division on Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state and federal courts. A co-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Ms. Butler also offers employment counseling to private employers.

Ms. Butler frequently shares her knowledge and experience in the areas of school law and labor and employment law through lectures and in-service training on various education and employment issues. Topics have included harassment/intimidation/bullying; student discipline; expulsion and alternative education; residency issues; student records; student surveys; Individualized Education Program (IEP) preparation; special education; avoiding/surviving due process; Section 504; New Jersey Family Leave and Federal Family and Medical Leave; sexual harassment; search and seizure; technology on and off school grounds; and school safety concerns.

Prior to joining Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP in 1996, Ms. Butler was a partner with the West Orange firm of Young, Dimiero & Sayovitz. Early in her law career, she served her judicial clerkship with the Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.


Lisa K.

I would recommend this for those who don't work in Education law - as it is a primer. For those who work in Education law - it barely scratched the surface on legal issues. I was hoping for something more in-depth.

Mia V.

Thank you and so relevant!

Arthur E.

More law citations and relevant factual application examples would have made this course more useful.

Diana L.

Very timely

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