Practical Tips for School Leaders From a Former School District In-House Counsel

It’s easy for school leaders to feel overwhelmed by the constantly evolving and complicated legal landscape surrounding the delivery of public education today. Sometimes it helps to step back and review the fundamental expectations we should have of every educator throughout the system. Adherence to these core responsibilities will allow your team to stay focused on improving student outcomes rather [...]

By |2019-02-27T07:55:26-07:00February 27, 2019|

Razzle Dazzle Annual Fundraiser: Supporting Students, Educators, and Schools in Boulder Valley

The name says it all! Razzle Dazzle is Impact on Education’s annual fundraising gala to support the Boulder Valley School District. This organization is celebrating its 36th year and Caplan & Earnest is proud to be participating. As the state’s preferred resource in education and school law, our team of attorneys is highly sought after for our expertise and ability [...]

By |2018-05-30T07:13:25-07:00May 30, 2018|

Bill Relaxes Limitations on PERA Retirees Working Full-Year Contracts for Rural School Districts

On June 6, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 17-1176, which relaxes the limitations on rural school districts’ hiring of Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) retirees who want to receive full retirement benefits. Previously, the law restricted PERA retirees to working no more than 110 or 140 days in any calendar year while continuing to receive full [...]

By |2017-06-28T08:36:46-07:00June 27, 2017|

TECDA Requirements for the Nonrenewal of Probationary Teachers

The Teacher Employment, Compensation, and Dismissal Act of 1990 (TECDA) sets forth specific practices and requirements for Colorado school districts concerning the employment and dismissal of teachers, including probationary teachers. Under TECDA, a probationary teacher is deemed re-employed for the upcoming school year unless by June 1 the teacher has: 1) been given written notice of the school district’s intention to [...]

By |2017-03-16T15:21:13-07:00March 14, 2017|

Preparing for an IEP Meeting: A Checklist for Regular Education Classroom Teachers

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires that an eligible student’s Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) be developed by an IEP team, which includes the student’s parents and a multidisciplinary team of school professionals. Under the law, regular education teachers are key members of a student’s IEP team. 20 U.S.C. § 1414(d)(1)(B). But how should a regular education teacher prepare for [...]

By |2017-02-17T14:44:05-07:00February 17, 2017|

This Week: Colorado Special Education Case to be Heard by U.S. Supreme Court

Oral Argument in the Matter of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District On January 11, 2017, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District concerning the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires school districts to provide children with disabilities with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The question before the Court is [...]

By |2017-01-09T13:52:12-07:00January 10, 2017|

Spread the Good News – Put Down Your Maps, DEOs!

The busiest time in the school board election season is upon us, and local school district designated election officials (commonly called DEOs) can breathe a sigh of relief.  The Secretary of State repealed an onerous election rule that required DEOs to certify the completeness and accuracy of the state’s official SCORE address library for addresses within the district.  School district [...]

By |2015-08-25T12:16:15-07:00August 25, 2015|

Court Rules Employers May Terminate Employees for Medical Marijuana Use

The Colorado Supreme Court recently issued a highly anticipated decision regarding employee use of medical marijuana. In the case, Coats v. Dish Network, Colorado’s highest court held that employees can be terminated for the off-duty use of medical marijuana. The Plaintiff, Mr. Coats, is a quadriplegic and has been confined to a wheelchair since he was a teenager. In 2009, [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:37-07:00June 17, 2015|

NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settled, Could Decision Impact Schools?

Federal Court Judge Anita B. Brody today approved a settlement in a lawsuit against the National Football League. The suit was filed by more than 5,000 former players and alleged that the NFL hid the dangers of concussions and concussion-related injuries related to playing in the league. If it survives the appeals process, the settlement will pay up to $5 [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:39-07:00April 23, 2015|

Managing Parental Rights Disputes in the School Setting: Best Practices

Often the most difficult decisions in school administration are those arising out of students’ family dynamics.  These dynamics have become more complicated with the rise of non-traditional families.  With increasing frequency, parents are playing out parenting disputes in the school setting over issues that include school-parent communication, student visitation, and access to student records.  Districts should be familiar with the [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:50-07:00February 19, 2015|