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Education Law Section 

Montgomery County saw 154,000 new and returning students arrive at the County’s 202 public schools this past Monday morning.  As we know, a percentage of those students and their families will encounter serious school challenges this school year with issues of student discipline, placement, suspension, and “alternative school” findings. Additionally, a good portion of the County's special needs student population will face significant disputes by parents regarding the provision and implementation of services guaranteed to their children by State and Federal laws. 

As attorney members of our section, you will play a crucial role representing students and their families before the local school administration.  To become one of the County's go-to lawyers in cases of serious student/family/school disputes, or if you are interested in learning the how to advise clients about school issues, you need to become a member of our section and attend our monthly meetings.

Our section meetings are informative, engaging, offer great speakers, and a fresh look at a new area of law.  A pizza and salad lunch is always served.  We often use the time to discuss current and past cases we have been involved in to exchange ideas and strategies for representing clients.  As a result, we always provide great take-aways for attendees that are practical and important to everyone’s practices.  

Our meetings will continue to be held on the second Friday of each month beginning at 12:00 p.m. in the Montgomery County Bar Association’s conference room.  Please mark your calendars (with the dates on the right) in advance to be sure you can attend all our meetings.



The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to Policy JGA, Student Discipline.  This policy has been updated to align with new state regulations and affirms the Board’s commitment to a disciplined learning environment that is safe, positive and respectful; increases student engagement and achievement; and prevents student misbehavior before it occurs.

Revisions to Policy JGA also align with school discipline guidelines recently released by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.

A copy of the draft policy is available on the MCPS website or can be obtained by calling the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Department of Public Information and Web Services at 301-279-3391.

Individuals who wish to provide comments should respond in writing by Friday, October 24, 2014. All written responses should be sent to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 122, Rockville, Maryland 20850 or sent by email to the Board of Education at boe@mcpsmd.org.

www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org

Co-Chairs

David R. Bach
Patrick J. Hoover

 

Section Meetings


September 12, 2014
October 10, 2014
November 14, 2014
December 12, 2014
January 9, 2015
February 13, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 10, 2015
May 8, 2015
     Meetings will be held on the 2nd Friday of the month at Noon in the upstairs conference room of the Bar Association building, unless othewise noted.
 



CLE Seminars


None Currently Scheduled