Mesa AZ | First Amendment and Student Sports

Take a Knee…or Not – First Amendment and Student Sports Since Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, chose to sit and later kneel during the playing of the National Anthem to protest his belief about racial injustice … Continued

Mesa AZ | What A Day Means

What Do You Mean by a Day…and How do You Communicate it to Your Employees? With the onset of four-day work weeks and earned paid sick days, defining what a day means becomes more important, as does notifying your employees … Continued

Mesa AZ | Expelled

When Does Expelled Mean Gone? Public schools must comply with a number of statutes when disciplining children in their care.  When a student’s behavior is particularly egregious or impacts certain state or federal laws (such as firearms on campus), school … Continued

Mesa AZ | Volunteers and Prop 206

VOLUNTEERS AND PROP 206: WHAT ABOUT MY COACHES? The Arizona Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (“Act”) was a ballot initiative passed by Arizona voters on November 8, 2016.  Commonly referred to as “Prop. 206,” the initiative set forward a … Continued

Mesa AZ | Dismissal Based On Classroom Performance

Improvement Plan or Dismissal Based On Classroom Performance Will an observation end up as a recommendation for an improvement plan or a dismissal based on classroom performance? You have your qualified evaluators[1].  You have a teacher assessment system that has … Continued

Mesa AZ | Sexting

Sexting: Not Just Embarrassing! Criminal Responses to Teenage Actions Anthony Weiner’s example notwithstanding, it seems that teens don’t understand the consequences of “sexting”—sending nude pictures of themselves, of their bare breasts or genitals, or of other teens in a similar … Continued

Mesa AZ | New Year’s Check List

Ring in Your New Year and Your New Board Year with this New Year’s Check List Ah, January is coming, and like colder weather and seasonal visitors, I normally associate the beginning of the new year with the inevitable return … Continued

Mesa AZ | Dealing with the Divorced Parent

Dealing with the Divorced Parent: Strategies for Schools, Part II The first article in this series, Dealing with the Divorced Parent, provided detailed issues that schools might have with conflicting directives from divorced parents.  This second article deals with the situation where … Continued

Mesa AZ | Strategies for Schools

Strategies for Schools: Dealing with the Divorced Parent Custody issues can be really nasty for the parties involved, but just as bad for the school as dueling parents attempt to force the schools to become involved.  One or the other … Continued

Mesa AZ | What’s a Survey Monkey Gonna Do?

Does the language in A.R.S. §15-117 and the PPRA answer the question, What’s a Survey Monkey Gonna Do? What’s a Survey Monkey gonna do? With the recent changes to A.R.S. §15-117, the Arizona legislature has incorporated much of the survey … Continued