General Education

Educational institutions face a unique set of challenges and legal issues, while maintaining, protecting, and promoting the educational mission.

As the demographics and culture of an organization shift, institutions are forced to stay current with student and faculty policies, hiring and firing procedures, real estate, faculty management operations, litigation, legislative changes, and liability concerns.

We regularly handle the following legal issues for our clients:

  • Annexation
  • Appointment and election of board members
  • Charter schools
  • Child complaints
  • Constitutional issues
  • Contract negotiation and interpretation
  • Education law
  • Election law issues
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Filing of financial disclosure statements under the Missouri ethics law
  • Governance
  • Investigations into citizen and internal complaints
  • Missouri Open Meetings Act
  • Office of civil rights investigations
  • Personal injury claims
  • Policy development
  • Procedural requirements of meetings
  • Procurement
  • Protection of assessed valuation
  • Public record requests
  • Public school law
  • Purchasing and contracting
  • Qualifications and rights of candidates
  • Residency issues
  • School board defense
  • School board liability
  • School desegregation
  • School safety
  • School uniform policies
  • Security
  • Sexual harassment by students and staff
  • Special education
  • Staff training regarding risk management and prevention
  • Student drug testing
  • Student searches
  • Sunshine Law
  • Teacher tenure
  • Use of the Internet by students and staff
  • Use of school premises by religious and other groups
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