K-12 School Law Certification

Education law expert Rick Verstegen will review the most important legal issues confronting schools, focusing on current laws while highlighting updated regulations and recent court rulings. You will embark upon the school year equipped to handle legal matters involving students, employees, and other stakeholders.

Benefits of Certification

  • Limit liability
  • Interact knowledgeably with colleagues and attorneys
  • Demonstrate your knowledge
  • Advance your career
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Training Overview

Start the school year with new legal insights. Master current school laws and earn a certification.

As the school year begins, you will be confronted with new laws and regulations affecting schools. Employees, students, and parents will return with renewed fervor and heightened concerns, leading to a possible avalanche of legal issues and even litigation.

You must address a wide array of legal matters in your duties. Issues arise at a moment’s notice, requiring you to know the laws and make decisions quickly.

To help you identify and resolve the legal issues, we present an engaging certification program. The K-12 School Law Certification will enable you to:

  • Limit liability
  • Interact knowledgeably with colleagues and attorneys
  • Demonstrate your knowledge
  • Advance your career

K-12 School Law Certification

Webinar 1: Governance Issues

  • State and local control of public schools
  • School board member qualifications, authority, rights, ethics, and conduct
  • Requirements for school board meetings and public participation
  • School district records
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Webinar 2: Student Issues

  • Legal duties to the student
  • Compulsory attendance obligations of the students
  • Student academic expectations and academic dishonesty
  • Resolving parent disputes
  • Constitutional implications of student speech
  • Student conduct, discipline, harassment, and search and seizure

Webinar 3: Employee Issues

  • Creation of positions
  • Employee classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Hiring, including the posting of positions, interviews and questions, background checks, and offers of employment
  • Contracts, certification or licensing, evaluations, and compensation
  • Termination of employment
  • Employee privacy, First Amendment concerns, harassment, and record-keeping

Webinar 4: Other Legal Issues

  • Rights of parents to control their students’ education
  • Students with disabilities
  • Curriculum in the classroom
  • Religion and school prayer
  • Social media use by students, employees, and school board members
  • Litigation related to school matters
  • Working with outside agencies, including law enforcement investigations
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Who Should Attend?
  • District administrators
  • Principals
  • Assistant principals
  • Student services directors
  • Other K-12 administrators
  • School board members
  • Teachers
  • Charter school administrators
What's included
Training includes
  • K-12 School Law Certification
  • All resources and training materials

Expert Presenter

Richard F. Verstegen
  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School