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School Construction Basics Digital Manual
PDF Version Details

2019 Edition

Bond elections, facility allotments, natural disasters-all these can result in new school buildings, repairs, and renovations. But those projects are not for the unwary or the unprepared. School districts must follow strict statutory requirements for all stages of a construction project, from the hiring of an engineer or architect through contract administration. And the consequences of NOT following those processes can be serious. This digital publication provides a step-by-step guide and explanation of the legal requirements for school construction projects.

Note: The PDF version is to be used digitally. For a printable version to use within your district, please contact us at (800) 488-9045.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$200.00
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School Construction Basics E-book
iBooks Version Details

2019 Edition

Bond elections, facility allotments, natural disasters-all these can result in new school buildings, repairs, and renovations. But those projects are not for the unwary or the unprepared. School districts must follow strict statutory requirements for all stages of a construction project, from the hiring of an engineer or architect through contract administration. And the consequences of NOT following those processes can be serious. This digital publication provides a step-by-step guide and explanation of the legal requirements for school construction projects.

Note: The iBooks version has an interactive glossary and quizzes at the end of each section. It is meant to be used on an Apple device. For a printable version to use within your district, please contact us at (800) 488-9045.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$300.00
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Especially for Educators
Legal Issues for Cheerleaders and Drill Team
2020 Edition Details

2020 Edition

This manual provides practical advice for handling often encountered situations by cheerleader and drill team sponsors.

Topics covered are:

  • Social media and cyberbullying
  • Rights associated with extracurricular activities
  • UIL and coaching requirements
  • Options for selecting team members
  • District and staff liability & immunity
  • Transportation and other travel issues
  • Access to education records, score cards
  • Title IX gender issues, LGBT
  • Relevant federal and state court cases
  • Extracurricular codes of conduct
  • Discipline and removal from team
  • Cheerleader constitutions
  • Student and parent complaints
Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$85.00
Updated
Legal Issues for School Secretaries
2019 Edition Details

2019 Edition

Prepare your school’s first line of defense, your school secretary, with important and helpful information they can use every day. Provide practical methods for handling issues with legal implications a school’s front office frequently confronts. Our Legal Issues for School Secretaries manual includes the latest on bullying, cyberbullying, reporting requirements for SBEC and CPS, FERPA, and social media issues. 

Topics:

  • Admissions/Enrollment
  • Attendance
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Child Abuse
  • Family Issues
  • Fingerprinting
  • First Amendment
  • Harassment & Discrimination
  • Residency
  • Search & Seizure
  • Sex Offenders
  • Social Media
  • Student Records

 

 

Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$90.00
Updated
Governance
Blue Jean Workshop: Legal Update Manual
The most up-to-date information on legislative action and case law that will affect your district. Details

This manual has the most up-to-date information on legislative action and case law that will affect your district.

Topics

  • Legislative Updates with helpful tips to keep your district in compliance
  • Review of important court decisions that impact your district and your campuses
  • The latest on Social Media and FERPA newly changed regulations
  • SB7, Bullying and Harassment Update. Information will include the new TEA Do Not Hire Registry. 
  • Questions and Answers: an opportunity to share best practices

The manual includes presentation slides from the training, summaries of all school related legislation, critical case analysis, as well as in depth articles and papers on focused areas addressed during the presentation.

Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$75.00
Booster Club Information Booklet
This low-cost booklet is the perfect mechanism to communicate, in easy to read language, the district's rules for Booster Clubs that support its extracurricular activities. Details

Community support organizations for extracurricular activities-or Booster Clubs-are a valuable complement to the school's athletic, music, and academic competition programs. Their activities often provide additional financial resources and enrichment for the programs they support, but sometimes the lines between a Booster Club and the school district become blurred. This low-cost booklet is the perfect mechanism to communicate, in easy to read language, the district's rules for Booster Clubs that support its extracurricular activities. It is designed to supplement the information contained in University Interscholastic League's (UIL's) Booster Club Guidelines. A must for all Booster Clubs in your district. Topics addressed include:

  • Formation, names and registration guidelines
  • Becoming a tax-exempt organization
  • Fund-raising and accounting
  • Booster Club meetings
  • Working with school staff
  • Field trips and transportation
  • Award restrictions 
Available Formats: PDF Document
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$100.00
Updated
Responding to Texas Public Information Act Requests
This manual is a comprehensive resource for handling Public Information Act requests. Details

A comprehensive resource for handling Public Information Act requests, from the simple to the insane. This resource includes flow charts to guide you through responding to requests, form letters for common situations, and answers to your most pressing questions. Unsure what qualifies as a request for information? Want to charge for fulfillment of requests? This manual lays it all out for you.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$200.00
Updated
Trustee Manual Set
2019 Edition (Set of 8) Details

2019 Updated Edition

Superintendents and board members told us they needed a practical guide that explains their roles, responsibilities, and authority. So, after hundreds of hours of legal work and critical input from an Advisory Committee of board members, superintendents, and Education Service Center personnel, we published our Trustee Manual. It is an exceptional product, not simply because it is our product, but because there is nothing else like it.

  • The Manual is organized into six sections: Being A Trustee, Board Meetings, Personnel Issues, Student Issues, Business Issues, and Liability
  • Each section has its own supplement of sample forms, motion language, resolutions, and notes
  • Legal citations do not appear in the text, but in the 'Becoming An Expert' pages at the end of each section
  • Sold in sets of eight to emphasize the team relationship between the board and superintendent
  • Trustees receive one hour of tier-three Board Member training credit for reading the Manual

 

Note: Members may receive additional hours by receiving a board training. For more information please view our training pages or contact us.

Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$595.00
Updated
Personnel
2019-20 Contract Package
Full Version Details

Now, more than ever, it is important to ensure your contract forms preserve employer prerogatives while also meeting the commissioner's and courts' standards related to informing employees of the contractual obligations. Whether your district has been updating its contract forms annually or hasn't made a change in 20 years, NOW IS THE TIME to change your employment contract forms to protect the school district's limited financial resources and strengthen the district's position in contracting. This package includes language that addresses a recent Commissioner of Education decision regarding additional and supplemental duties, arguments being made by teachers’ attorneys related to reassignments, and lingering issues related to days of service.

After purchasing, you will be sent a link to a 30-minute webinar explaining the changes and addressing some of the otherwise overlooked features of the package.

NOTE: If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is older than 2016-17, you must order this version.  For information on the version your district has, please contact (800) 488-9045 or information@edlaw.com. 

Available Formats: MS Word Document
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$350.00
Updated
2019-20 Contract Package UPDATE ONLY
Update to 2016-17 version or newer. Details

 Districts may only order this UPDATE if they have our 2016-17 Contract Package version or newer.

Now, more than ever, it is important to ensure your contract forms preserve employer prerogatives while also meeting the commissioner's and courts' standards related to informing employees of the contractual obligations. Whether your district has been updating its contract forms annually or hasn't made a change in 20 years, NOW IS THE TIME to change your employment contract forms to protect the school district's limited financial resources and strengthen the district's position in contracting.This package includes two additional contracts, and all contracts have been updated to reflect the Every Student Succeeds Act language as well as to require employees to exhaust local remedies before filing suit on the contract. 

After purchasing, you will be sent a link to a 30-minute webinar explaining the changes and addressing some of the otherwise overlooked features of the package.

NOTE: If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is older than 2016-17, you must order the full version at a cost of $350. For information on the version your district has, please contact (800) 488-9045 or information@edlaw.com.

Available Formats: MS Word Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$200.00
Updated
2020-21 Model Employee Handbook
Full Version - Retainer Client Details

How many times have you or your employees turned to the district's Employee Handbook hoping to find guidance on a particular issue and found nothing, or insufficient text to address your situation? Unfortunately, this happens far too often, and strengthening the handbook for next year does little to help you in the interim. What you need is someone to anticipate the holes in your Handbook prior to publication. Our daily contact with hundreds of clients allows us to do just that. Our Model Employee Handbook was designed with one purpose in mind - to help you do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from employees.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

Special Features of our Model Employee Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for employees to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Appendix of commonly used forms
  • Sections on importance of regular, on-time attendance, vacation, appropriate use of conference periods, staff development, outside employment, rules for district credit cards, necessity of following district curriculum grading guidelines, using films/movies in class
  • Includes specific information to employees about inappropriate social relationships with students.
  • Includes language related to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga 2020 WL 3146686 (U.S. June 15, 2020)
Available Formats: MS Word Document
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$300.00
Updated
2020-21 Model Employee Handbook - Full Version
Full Version - Non-Retainer Client Details

How many times have you or your employees turned to the district's Employee Handbook hoping to find guidance on a particular issue and found nothing, or insufficient text to address your situation? Unfortunately, this happens far too often, and strengthening the handbook for next year does little to help you in the interim. What you need is someone to anticipate the holes in your Handbook prior to publication. Our daily contact with hundreds of clients allows us to do just that. Our Model Employee Handbook was designed with one purpose in mind - to help you do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from employees.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

Special Features of our Model Employee Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for employees to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Appendix of commonly used forms
  • Sections on importance of regular, on-time attendance, vacation, appropriate use of conference periods, staff development, outside employment, rules for district credit cards, necessity of following district curriculum grading guidelines, using films/movies in class
  • Includes specific information to employees about inappropriate social relationships with students.
  • Includes language related to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga 2020 WL 3146686 (U.S. June 15, 2020)
Available Formats: MS Word Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$360.00
Updated
Conducting Effective Investigations Manual
Provides form documents and scripts Details

School administrators often are required to "look into" or "investigate" allegations of wrong-doing by students and employees. The Investigations Manual will help you understand why it is important to conduct an investigation in a particular way, as well as provide you form documents and scripts to facilitate recordkeeping and information gathering related to the allegations.

Revised July 2019.

Unique to this product is a series of flow charts that guide you through each phase of an investigation so that critical steps or details that might haunt you later don't get overlooked.
Available Formats: CD-ROM,Printed Manual
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$300.00
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Student Issues
2020-21 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Handbook
Full Version - Retainer District Details

No single district can possibly think of every situation that can develop into a student discipline problem or parental concern. Nor can we, but our daily contact with clients brings us extremely close. Our legal staff spent over 150 hours researching and writing these Models and including new legislation so you could do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from parents.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

The 2020-21 updated version contains language specific to virtual and distance learning, including with respect to the classroom and other district activities; discusses district protocol for addressing students exposed to, showing symptoms of, and diagnosed with COVID-19: provides additional provisions to address student misbehavior on remote learning platforms; and addresses discipline issues arising during school closure.

Special Features of our Model Student Code of Conduct include:

  • List of prohibited behaviors includes not only recurring problems, but also unlikely situations that only one district may have encountered
  • Organized in logical sequence so parents and students can easily see the relationship between conduct rules and disciplinary consequences
  • Addresses all the procedures, steps, and timelines for DAEP removal and expulsion, all necessary definitions from the Penal Code, other useful definitions such as "possession," "use," and "under the influence", serious offenses and persistent misbehavior
  • A streamlined appeal process that permits written appeals only, unless the administrator or board, after reviewing the record, wishes to offer a personal audience and face-to-face conference

Special Features of our Model Extracurricular Code of Conduct include:

  • Provides a thorough and comprehensive definition of the term "extracurricular activity"
  • Sections include jurisdiction, prohibited conduct, and disciplinary actions that coordinate with one another into one easy to understand document
  • Highlighted areas that require input specific to a district enable the Code to meet the unique needs of the community and district

Features of our Model Student Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for parents and students to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Sections on picking up children at school, attendance and credit for course work, student searches, extracurricular activities, class ranking and selection of valedictorian and salutatorian, graduation issues, parent visits to school and expected conduct, and no district liability for injuries or property loss or damage at school
  • Contains all required legal notices for state and federal laws

If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is the 2017-18 version or older, please order the full version.

If your district has the 2018-19 version or newer, the update is reduced. Order your updated version by selecting – 2020-21 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct, and Handbook - UPDATE

Available Formats: MS Word Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$400.00
Updated
2020-21 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Handbook - UPDATE
Update Version - Retainer District Details

Districts may only order this UPDATE if they have our firm's 2018-19 version or newer.

No single district can possibly think of every situation that can develop into a student discipline problem or parental concern. Nor can we, but our daily contact with clients brings us extremely close. Our legal staff spent over 150 hours researching and writing these Models and including new legislation so you could do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from parents.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

The 2020-21 updated version contains language specific to virtual and distance learning, including with respect to the classroom and other district activities; discusses district protocol for addressing students exposed to, showing symptoms of, and diagnosed with COVID-19: provides additional provisions to address student misbehavior on remote learning platforms; and addresses discipline issues arising during school closure.

Special Features of our Model Student Code of Conduct include:

  • List of prohibited behaviors includes not only recurring problems, but also unlikely situations that only one district may have encountered
  • Organized in logical sequence so parents and students can easily see the relationship between conduct rules and disciplinary consequences
  • Addresses all the procedures, steps, and timelines for DAEP removal and expulsion, all necessary definitions from the Penal Code, other useful definitions such as "possession," "use," and "under the influence", serious offenses and persistent misbehavior
  • A streamlined appeal process that permits written appeals only, unless the administrator or board, after reviewing the record, wishes to offer a personal audience and face-to-face conference

Special Features of our Model Extracurricular Code of Conduct include:

  • Provides a thorough and comprehensive definition of the term "extracurricular activity"
  • Sections include jurisdiction, prohibited conduct, and disciplinary actions that coordinate with one another into one easy to understand document
  • Highlighted areas that require input specific to a district enable the Code to meet the unique needs of the community and district

Features of our Model Student Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for parents and students to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Sections on picking up children at school, attendance and credit for course work, student searches, extracurricular activities, class ranking and selection of valedictorian and salutatorian, graduation issues, parent visits to school and expected conduct, and no district liability for injuries or property loss or damage at school
  • Contains all required legal notices for state and federal laws
Available Formats: MS Word Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$150.00
Updated
2020-21 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct, and Handbook
Full Version - Non-Retainer District Details

No single district can possibly think of every situation that can develop into a student discipline problem or parental concern. Nor can we, but our daily contact with clients brings us extremely close. Our legal staff spent over 150 hours researching and writing these Models and including new legislation so you could do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from parents.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

The 2020-21 updated version contains language specific to virtual and distance learning, including with respect to the classroom and other district activities; discusses district protocol for addressing students exposed to, showing symptoms of, and diagnosed with COVID-19: provides additional provisions to address student misbehavior on remote learning platforms; and addresses discipline issues arising during school closure.

Special Features of our Model Student Code of Conduct include:

  • List of prohibited behaviors includes not only recurring problems, but also unlikely situations that only one district may have encountered
  • Organized in logical sequence so parents and students can easily see the relationship between conduct rules and disciplinary consequences
  • Addresses all the procedures, steps, and timelines for DAEP removal and expulsion, all necessary definitions from the Penal Code, other useful definitions such as "possession," "use," and "under the influence", serious offenses and persistent misbehavior
  • A streamlined appeal process that permits written appeals only, unless the administrator or board, after reviewing the record, wishes to offer a personal audience and face-to-face conference

Special Features of our Model Extracurricular Code of Conduct include:

  • Provides a thorough and comprehensive definition of the term "extracurricular activity"
  • Sections include jurisdiction, prohibited conduct, and disciplinary actions that coordinate with one another into one easy to understand document
  • Highlighted areas that require input specific to a district enable the Code to meet the unique needs of the community and district

Features of our Model Student Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for parents and students to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Sections on picking up children at school, attendance and credit for course work, student searches, extracurricular activities, class ranking and selection of valedictorian and salutatorian, graduation issues, parent visits to school and expected conduct, and no district liability for injuries or property loss or damage at school
  • Contains all required legal notices for state and federal laws

If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is the 2017-18 version or older, please order the full version.

If your district has the 2018-19 version or newer, the update is reduced. Order your updated version by selecting – 2020-21 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct, and Handbook - UPDATE

Available Formats: MS Word Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$480.00
Updated
2020-21 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct, and Handbook - UPDATE
Update Version - Non-Retainer District Details

Districts may only order this UPDATE if they have our firm's 2018-19 version or newer.

No single district can possibly think of every situation that can develop into a student discipline problem or parental concern. Nor can we, but our daily contact with clients brings us extremely close. Our legal staff spent over 150 hours researching and writing these Models and including new legislation so you could do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from parents.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

The 2020-21 updated version contains language specific to virtual and distance learning, including with respect to the classroom and other district activities; discusses district protocol for addressing students exposed to, showing symptoms of, and diagnosed with COVID-19: provides additional provisions to address student misbehavior on remote learning platforms; and addresses discipline issues arising during school closure.

Special Features of our Model Student Code of Conduct include:

  • List of prohibited behaviors includes not only recurring problems, but also unlikely situations that only one district may have encountered
  • Organized in logical sequence so parents and students can easily see the relationship between conduct rules and disciplinary consequences
  • Addresses all the procedures, steps, and timelines for DAEP removal and expulsion, all necessary definitions from the Penal Code, other useful definitions such as "possession," "use," and "under the influence", serious offenses and persistent misbehavior
  • A streamlined appeal process that permits written appeals only, unless the administrator or board, after reviewing the record, wishes to offer a personal audience and face-to-face conference

Special Features of our Model Extracurricular Code of Conduct include:

  • Provides a thorough and comprehensive definition of the term "extracurricular activity"
  • Sections include jurisdiction, prohibited conduct, and disciplinary actions that coordinate with one another into one easy to understand document
  • Highlighted areas that require input specific to a district enable the Code to meet the unique needs of the community and district

Features of our Model Student Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for parents and students to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Sections on picking up children at school, attendance and credit for course work, student searches, extracurricular activities, class ranking and selection of valedictorian and salutatorian, graduation issues, parent visits to school and expected conduct, and no district liability for injuries or property loss or damage at school
  • Contains all required legal notices for state and federal laws
Available Formats: MS Word Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$180.00
Updated
Conducting Effective Investigations Manual
Provides form documents and scripts Details

School administrators often are required to "look into" or "investigate" allegations of wrong-doing by students and employees. The Investigations Manual will help you understand why it is important to conduct an investigation in a particular way, as well as provide you form documents and scripts to facilitate recordkeeping and information gathering related to the allegations.

Unique to this product is a series of flow charts that guide you through each phase of an investigation so that critical steps or details that might haunt you later don't get overlooked.
Available Formats: CD-ROM,Printed Handbook
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$300.00
Online Notary Services
Remote Online Notary Services
We can assist schools with notary services over the internet. Details

Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz, P.C., now has commissioned notaries to perform Remote Online Notarizations, including the ability to verify identifications online and sign documents electronically.

What you need:

  • Proof of identity
  • A computer with a secure webcam and internet access
  • PDF or DOC file ready to upload with notarization language

Districts will be charged $31 per document.

If a document requires preparation or editing, additional fees will be billed at the preparer’s hourly rate.

For more information on this service send email to information@edlaw.com.

NOTE: To ensure shipping charges are not calculated, please check the box to download this item during checkout.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$31.00
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