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What's a "Zero Tolerance" Policy?
Schools across the US have "zero tolerance" policies. You'll find them in elementary schools, high schools and colleges and universities. They're supposed to make the schools safe learning environments by keeping weapons and drugs out of them. As some recent events show, however, perhaps they go too ... Read more

Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline
A kindergartener was handcuffed for throwing a temper tantrum. A student was arrested for throwing an eraser. These are just a couple of examples of an alarming trend in schools across the country of treating childish misbehavior as criminal misconduct. Civil right groups call this the "school to prison ... Read more

Students and Cell Phones? You Make the Call
Literally, cell phones are everywhere. You see them - and maybe even use them - in your car, at restaurants, your child's little league game, maybe even the restroom! The problem, for some at least, is that they're also in schools with our children. The question is, and has been for several years, do ... Read more

Students Use Beta Blockers To Make the Grade
Crib notes and even text messaging may be extinct when it comes to cheating in school. Students have discovered a new and technically legal way to get a "little help" in and out of the classroom. Beta Blockers Some students have discovered the "benefits" of beta blockers. These are prescription drugs ... Read more

Teachers Can Be Bullies, Too
For about nine months out of the year, most children are in school for several hours a day, five days a week. It's a long time, and most parents don't think twice about trusting their child's safety and well-being to school staff, especially teachers. Unfortunately, that trust is sometimes misplaced ... Read more

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Aides (and Others) are Certified, Too!

TEA’s division of Educator Certification and Standards is aggressively pursuing possible certificate sanctions against superintendents who, for whatever reason, have failed to notify the Agency ... Read more

Disclosure of Interested Parties Under HB 1295

As part of a push for additional “transparency” in government, the Legislature came up with a “Disclosure of Interested Parties” law.  Enacted as part of HB 1295 and now c ... Read more

Starting the Year with Spirit and Cheer!

In a couple of weeks, throngs of spirited teens will converge upon the University of Texas at Arlington for the University Interscholastic League’s inaugural Texas State Spirit Championship.&nbs ... Read more

Records Retention Creep – The New Unfunded Mandate

By Dr. Carol Simpson, Shareholder Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C. With the flurry of excitement of over the new laws that came from the 2015 Legislature, a new document released from ... Read more

What’s in a Name: New Independent Contractor Guidance from United States Department of Labor Necessitates Close Look at Such Arrangements

By Jennifer A. Powell, Shareholder Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C. Independent contractor, contract worker, consultant, employee. These are all terms that may be used to describe ind ... Read more

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