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School Construction Basics Digital Manual
Update Available Soon Details

New Edition Available Early 2023

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 district-wide license, please contact us at (800) 488-9045.

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$200.00
School Construction Basics E-book
Update Available Soon Details

New Edition Available Early 2023

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 district-wide license, please contact us at (800) 488-9045.

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$300.00
Especially for Educators
Legal Issues for Cheerleaders and Drill Team Manual
2023 Edition Details

2023 Edition

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

Topics Covered:

  • 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 LGBTQ+
  • Relevant Federal and State Court Cases
  • Extracurricular Codes of Conduct
  • Discipline and Removal from Team
  • Cheerleader Constitutions
  • Student and Parent Complaints
Available Formats: Printed Handbook
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$100.00
Updated
Legal Issues for School Secretaries Manual
2022 Edition Details

2022 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
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
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
Social Media for Administrators and Trustees
A pamphlet for trustees and administrators who need to know the laws that apply to them when using social media. Details

A pamphlet for trustees and administrators who need to know the laws that apply to them when using social media. This resource covers district-specific accounts, campaign pages, and how to handle comments you don’t necessarily like to see. This pamphlet instructs on when one can delete tweets, how to handle keeping posts for public records, and when a page is a public forum or not. Posts are put up in an instant, but lawsuits can drag on forever.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$150.00
Trustee Manual Set
2021 Edition (Set of 8) Details

2021 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

Updated to include all significant changes from the 87th Texas Legislative Session. Older versions of this manual may include out of date information and should not be used.

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
2022-23 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 the issue of teachers being asked to work beyond 10 calendar months due to unforeseen circumstances, most recently related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOTE: If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is older than 2017-18, 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
Conducting Effective Title IX Sexual Harassment Investigations
Includes Forms and Worksheets Details

When a formal complaint of sexual harassment under Title IX is filed, the Title IX Coordinator must appoint an individual to investigate the allegations. The Title IX Investigations Manual will walk those investigators through conducting a legally-compliant investigation under Title IX.

Note: This manual is provided digitally.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,PDF Document
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$200.00
New
Investigation Manual: A Process for Conducting Non-Title IX Employee and Student Inquiries
2021 Edition Details

School administrators often are required to "look into" or "investigate" allegations of wrong-doing by students and employees. This manual can be used in non-Title IX investigations to 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.

Revised December 2021.

Note: This manual is provided digitally.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,PDF Document
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$300.00
Updated
Special Education
Custody Chart - Special Education
Details

The Texas Family Code lays out a complicated set of rules regarding parental rights. We have taken the Family Code and the IDEA and broken it down into an easy-to-use chart to assist special education staff in determining who has the right to participate and /or make decisions. For example, you will be able to determine if a parent, guardian, surrogate parent, foster parent, other family member or advocate is entitled to:

  • Receive written notice to attend an ARD meeting
  • Receive a copy of a student's records
  • Request a due process hearing

Answers to these and other difficult questions are on our legal size chart. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$100.00
Student Issues
Custody Chart - General Education
Details

Often times school personnel are placed in the middle of disagreements between divorced parents about their child's education. Other times, children live with relatives or other non-parent adults who claim to "have custody" or be the "guardian." We have translated the complicated Texas Family Code into a laminated easy-to-use chart to assist administrators and teachers in determining who has the right to make decisions regarding a child's education. For example, you will be able to determine if a divorced parent, stepparent, or other family member is entitled to:

  • Enroll or withdraw a student from school
  • Request that the student be tested for special education services
  • Give permission for field trips
  • Attend school meetings
  • Receive official school notices
  • Have access to educational records
  • Consult with school officials
  • Assert the parental rights enumerated in Chapter 26 of the Tex. Educ. Code
  • Prohibit other parents, stepparents, or family members from being involved in a child's education 
Available Formats: PDF Document
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$100.00
Custody Chart - Special Education
Details

The Texas Family Code lays out a complicated set of rules regarding parental rights. We have taken the Family Code and the IDEA and broken it down into an easy-to-use chart to assist special education staff in determining who has the right to participate and /or make decisions. For example, you will be able to determine if a parent, guardian, surrogate parent, foster parent, other family member or advocate is entitled to:

  • Receive written notice to attend an ARD meeting
  • Receive a copy of a student's records
  • Request a due process hearing

Answers to these and other difficult questions are on our legal size chart. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$100.00
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.

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Available Formats: PDF Document
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$31.00