Implications of New FERPA Guidance to School Safety Decisions

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education Privacy Technical Assistance Center issued new guidance relating to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and school safety. FERPA, the federal law that protects the privacy of student education records, applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Though the law is sometimes [...]

By |2019-03-25T15:25:58-06:00March 25, 2019|

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 |2019-02-27T07:55:26-06:00February 27, 2019|

Caplan & Earnest’s Coulter Bump Named Chair of the Colorado Council of School Board Attorneys

BOULDER, CO (May 1, 2018) – Coulter Bump, attorney at Boulder-based Caplan & Earnest, was recently named chair of the Colorado Association of School Board’s Colorado Council of School Board Attorneys. The Colorado Council of School Board Attorneys is a membership organization for attorneys who represent local boards of education. In her role as chair, Bump will promote the exchange [...]

By |2018-05-01T08:18:18-06:00May 1, 2018|

Schools can Address Safety Concerns While Adhering to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Recent state and federal guidance confirms that districts can release many types of information about students when responding to school-safety concerns or handling student disciplinary actions without violating the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99 (“FERPA”). Releasing Information in Response to School-Safety Concerns The Colorado Attorney General recently advised in Formal Opinion [...]

By |2018-02-27T08:52:58-06:00January 31, 2018|

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 |2017-01-09T13:52:12-06:00January 10, 2017|

Caplan and Earnest donates $10k to Colorado Education Initiative

BOULDER, Colo.—March 11, 2015—Law firm Caplan and Earnest LLC recently contributed $10,000 to the Colorado Education Initiative. The firm is proud to support CEI’s efforts to promote innovation, success and investment in sustainable change in education on behalf of all Colorado students. The Colorado Education Initiative hosts an Annual Summit and Luncheon to honor Innovation Award winners and celebrate Colorado [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:41-06:00March 11, 2015|

New Guidance on Inclusion of ELL Students with Disabilities in Annual ELP Assessments

The United States Department of Education recently released Q&A guidance related to the participation of students with disabilities in annual English language proficiency (ELP) assessments under Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In a nutshell, the Q&A clarifies that just as students with disabilities must participate in the State’s annual academic testing (i.e., TCAP), [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:00-06:00September 3, 2014|

Stu Stuller Presents to School Administrators at Education Law Association Conference

Stu Stuller, a Caplan and Earnest LLC attorney who focuses on educational and constitutional law, litigation and appellate issues, presented at the Education Law Association seminar in Westminster this week. Stuller presented “Section 504 and Personal Injury Litigation: Special Education Law is No longer Just About Educational Placements and Services” at the ELA event, which featured a full day of [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:12-06:00November 14, 2013|

Caplan and Earnest Recognized as the Only Tier 1 Law Firm in the State in the Area of Education Law!

U.S. News & World Report recently recognized Caplan and Earnest as Colorado's only Tier 1 law firm in the area of education law.  In addition, Caplan and Earnest education law attorneys, Richard Bump and Stu Stuller, were selected for inclusion in U.S. News & World Report's publication "The Best Lawyers in America® 2012." (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:17-06:00November 1, 2011|