ENCORE: Reflections with Roger Schmitz: School Leadership and Public Education Advocacy
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3w ago
In honor of our dear friend and colleague, Roger Schmitz, we wanted to publish an encore of Roger's episode of the podcast. Sadly, Roger passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of leadership and service to the public schools of Missouri. This episode originally aired on May 20, 2022. In this episode, we continue the "Leaders and the Law" series with school leader and public education advocate, Roger Schmitz. Duane discusses with Roger his thoughts and reflections on public school challenges, leadership, and advocacy.  ..read more
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Episode 56: Reorganization Meeting Nuts and Bolts
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
In this episode, Duane and Emily talk through the legal parameters and mechanics of board reorganization meetings.  ..read more
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Episode 55: Closed Session Curiosities
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
In this episode, Duane talks through some of the quirky procedural issues and common misperceptions associated with conducting closed sessions of the Board of Education.  ..read more
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Episode 54: Who Should Be Board President Anyway?
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
With Board reorganizations coming up next month, it is time to think about who should be your Board president.  In this episode, Duane discusses the role of the Board President and general areas of responsibilities—all things to consider as you elect your new President.  ..read more
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Episode 52: Board Candidate Financial Interest Statements
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
In this episode, Duane and Emily discuss the requirements for board candidates surrounding personal financial disclosures, sometimes called financial interest statements.   Emily and Duane talk through some of the confusing points associated with the filing requirements, as well as filing requirements for sitting board members.  ..read more
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Episode 08: "Are we there yet?" Student Misconduct & Discipline
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
As schools wrap up an extraordinary year, school leaders may see some routine - and some bizarre - student misconduct issues. Whether a senior prank, an off-campus matter carried over to the school, or even a weapon incident, the year-end spike in student misconduct can require compliance with some complex discipline procedures, possibly affecting graduation or suspensions after the close of the year. In this podcast, Duane and members of the EdCounsel team tackle legal issues related to poor student choices that create challenges for school leaders in May ..read more
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Episode 24: Legal Pitfalls in Livestreaming School Board Meetings
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
Today’s episode focuses on a topic of significant discussion during the past 18 months—livestreaming school board meetings.    Duane discusses the legal considerations for boards as they determine whether to livestream, or continue to livestream, their meetings. This episode talks through some of the legal land mines associated with online video of board meetings such as accessibility for individuals with disabilities, records retention requirements and the disclosure of the livestreamed video in response to Sunshine Law requests, as well as the use of board meeting videos in litigat ..read more
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Episode 21: Can We Just Tell Them Not to Come Back? Restricting Access to School Property
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
With the rise in the number of disruptive patrons who believe they have an absolute right to access school property, many schools are struggling with the issue of restricting access to school property.  Tom Smith joins Duane today to discuss the legal parameters for restricting access of disruptive patrons in your buildings, at board meetings and in a number of other key situations that tend to arise.     ..read more
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Episode 51: Amendment 3: The Short-Term Impacts for Schools
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
With the passage of Amendment 3 legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, many school leaders are wondering what the impact, at least in the short term, will be for Missouri schools.  In this episode, Emily and Duane discuss how Amendment 3 is likely to affect Missouri schools in the short term and identify some of the issues that school leaders should consider at this juncture.  ..read more
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Episode 50: Election Day and Schools: Polling Place Parameters and More
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by EdCounsel, LLC
1y ago
In this episode, Duane and Tom talk through general election issues for schools on election day.  We discuss the ins and outs of schools as polling places, employee leave to vote, and other general election day issues that impact Missouri public schools.  ..read more
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