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Construction
School Construction Basics Manual
2015 Revised Edition Details

2015 Revised 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 publication provides a step-by-step guide and explanation of the legal requirements for school construction projects.

Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$150.00
Especially for Educators
Legal Issues for Cheerleader and Drill Team Sponsors
Details

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

Topics covered are:

  • Extracurricular Codes of Conduct
  • Cheerleader Constitutions
  • Booster Club and Activity Accounts
  • District and Staff Immunity
  • Administration of Medication
  • Transportation and Other Travel Issues
  • Discipline and Removal from Team
  • Access to Education Records, Score Cards
  • Title IX - Gender Discrimination Issues
  • Relevant Federal and State Court Cases
Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$65.00
Updated
Legal Issues for School Librarians
Details

Librarians have a unique set of responsibilities that can place not only their school but their district in legal hot water. What should a librarian do when the community approaches them about book selections? How does a librarian respond to copyright violations? This information-packed handbook will provide information on how to deal with situations common to school librarians.

Topics Covered Are:

 

• Censorship
• Copyright Law
• Freedom of Speech
• Confidentiality
• Student Records
• Religion in the School
• Liability
• Intellectual Property
• Harassment
• Technology Use

 

Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$70.00
Legal Issues for School Secretaries
Details

2016 Edition

Arm your school's first line of defense, your school secretary, with important and helpful information they can use every day. Our Legal Issues for School Secretaries manual will provide practical methods for handling issues with legal implications that school secretaries frequently confront.

Topics:

  • Admissions/Enrollment
  • Attendance
  • Bullying
  • Child Abuse
  • Family Issues
  • Fingerprinting
  • First Amendment
  • Harassment & Discrimination
  • Residency
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Offenders
  • Social Media
  • Students Records
Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$85.00
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
Updated
Tax Ratification Elections Booklet
This booklet will give you a step by step overview of a tax ratification election from start to finish. Details

Authored by Eichelbaum Wardell & Joe Smith of TexasISD.com

Updated to include 2016 law.

Written in conversational tone, this booklet will give you a step by step overview of a tax ratification election from start to finish. While it won't perform the required calculations to determine if your district will need an election, it does outline the available options and prepares you for decisions that lie ahead.  It is an ideal resource for board members new to the tax ratification process, administrators who have never had to consider a tax ratification election, members of the media who need background information about school financial processes, and citizens interested in the financial and operational organization of schools.

Among the topics included are the advantages and disadvantages of basing your proposed tax rate on estimated or certified tax rolls, how to select an election date, whom to notify of a needed tax ratification election, and where to find help in completing all the minute details involved in a tax ratification election. If you anticipate your district will be considering a tax ratification election, this booklet will prepare you for the process to come.

Available Formats: PDF Document,Printed Manual
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$100.00
Updated
Trustee Manual Set
2016 Version (Set of 8) Details

Updated 2016 Version

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 the 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
2016-17 Model Employee Handbook
Full Version 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 toanticipatethe 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.

Note: The CD-ROM is available for $60 to districts that have purchased our 2014-15 version or newer.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
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$250.00
2016-17 Model Employee Handbook UPDATE ONLY
Update to 2014-15 version or newer. 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 toanticipatethe 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.

Note: The update is available for $60 to districts that have purchased our 2014-15 version or newer.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
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$60.00
2017-18 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 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.

NOTE: If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is older than 2014-15, 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,CD-ROM
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$350.00
Updated
2017-18 Contract Package UPDATE ONLY
Update to 2013-14 version or newer. Details

Districts may only order this UPDATE if they have our firm's 2014-15 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. 

NOTE: If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is older than 2014-15, 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,CD-ROM
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$200.00
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 Manual
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$300.00
Harassment and Discrimination
Stand alone DVD - Train your entire staff with just one click Details

The first stand alone harassment training specifically made for school districts is now available. This 20-minute DVD provides all the legal points your staff must know in one sitting. Place the files on your district's server and allow staff to access the lesson individually or play the DVD in a group setting. The options are endless.

Court decisions tie employee and district liability directly to whether or not the district has acted reasonably in response to known acts of harassment. A great way to demonstrate "reasonable care" is by showing that you have held trainings. That is why we created complete harassment training packages, specially designed for school district administrators, so district can select the method of delivery that best fits their needs.

The cost of the Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD is $500. Licenses are available for two year terms.

Available Formats: DVD
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$500.00
Harassment and Discrimination - Scenarios and Commentary
DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD. Details

Scenarios and Commentary may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD.

To compliment our Harassment and Discrimination DVD, the public-school-specific scenarios on this DVD show realistic school situations to provide your staff with greater understanding. Multiple variations of student on student, staff on student and staff on staff situations are presented. Attorney commentaries explain the legal ramifications and offer guidance on what to do when your employees find themselves in these circumstances.

The cost of the Scenarios and Commentary DVD is $250. 

DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD.

Available Formats: DVD
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$250.00
Harassment Prevention and Response: Trainer's Manual
You trainer your staff - includes manual and interactive DVD Details

Court decisions tie employee and district liability directly to whether or not the district has acted reasonably in response to known acts of harassment. A great way to demonstrate "reasonable care" is by showing that you have held trainings, conducted thorough investigations, and promulgated an anti-harassment policy. That is why we created a complete sexual harassment training package, specially designed for school district administrators featuring:

  • Step-by-step assistance on conducting a one-hour training session for all employees
  • Latest information on student to student sexual harassment
  • 13 minute DVD, accompanying trainer's manual, and PowerPoint presentation
  • Answers to frequently asked questions, tips on conducting investigations and documenting allegations, and policy recommendations
  • Pointers on how to use the materials and how to keep the materials up to date for use in subsequent years 
Available Formats: DVD,Printed Manual
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$350.00
Harassment Workbook for Substitute Teachers, Mid-Year Hires and Volunteers
Set of 25 workbooks Details

To protect your liability, every person that comes into contact with your staff, students, and the public should know what sexual harassment is and the reporting obligations, policies, and procedures to follow when an incident occurs. This workbook is not designed to take the place of annual preventing sexual harassment trainings for school district personnel. It is, however, a stand alone training for employees and volunteers that have slipped through the cracks and for whatever reason have not been through your local in-service program, such as mid-year hired, part-time employees, substitute teachers and volunteers. At last, an inexpensive 11 page workbook with a self-test that you can give to every person, taking no more than 15 minutes to complete and saving administrators countless hours in training and retraining. Special features include:

  • Easy to read and understand for all staff and volunteers
  • Real examples of unwelcome behavior help drive home the point
  • Sections on how to prevent an accusation, protect students, and reporting obligations
  • Questions to answer throughout the exercise
  • A final questionnaire that must be completed and returned to the campus principal
  • A tear-out acknowledgment form for your files 
Available Formats: Printed Handbook
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$125.00
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 a single laminated legal size sheet. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$75.00
Student Issues
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
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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$75.00
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 a single laminated legal size sheet. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

Available Formats: PDF Document
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$75.00
Harassment and Discrimination - Scenarios and Commentary
DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD. 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 a single laminated legal size sheet. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD.

Available Formats: DVD
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$250.00
Model Cheerleader & Drill Team Constitution
$30.00