School and Education Law

Justices uphold Jay County teachers’ CBA

July 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
In a 4-1 decision, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the last best offer made by the Jay School Corp. regarding a collective bargaining agreement for the 2013-14 school year. The teachers took issue with a provision involving the salary of teachers hired mid-school year.
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CPLI report highlights ‘crisis’ caused by school discipline practices

July 11, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Describing the current disciplinary practices in Indiana school as creating “a crisis” that is disproportionately impacting African-American students, a new report is offering a framework for involving parents, educators, law enforcement and legislators to improve learning and reduce suspensions and expulsions in classrooms across the state.
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University of Louisville students' lawsuit against escort dismissed

May 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A Louisville judge has dismissed a lawsuit by University of Louisville students filed against Katina Powell that said the escort's book allegations of sex parties at the men's basketball players' dormitory had devalued their education.
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Central Indiana school principal charged with not reporting

April 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor has charged a central Indiana school principal with misdemeanor failure to report for waiting 17 days to report rumors an employee sent naked photos of herself to students.
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Attorney: NCAA also deserves blame in UNC fraud scandal

April 21, 2016
 Associated Press
An attorney representing two ex-University of North Carolina athletes says the school and Indianapolis-based NCAA are both responsible for UNC's long-running academic fraud scandal that he says denied athletes a quality education.
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Indianapolis school hires attorney to investigate ex-coach

February 15, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis high school has hired an attorney to conduct an independent investigation into a former basketball coach accused of trying to entice a 15-year-old student into a sexual relationship.
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Prosecutors appeal Indianapolis coach's release to parents

February 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have appealed a judge's decision to allow a former Indianapolis high school boys' basketball coach to live with his parents while he faces charges that he enticed a 15-year-old girl into a sexual relationship.
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Officials accused of hampering probe of high school coach

February 5, 2016
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Federal court documents released Thursday allege Park Tudor School officials and their attorney impeded authorities as they investigated allegations of an inappropriate relationship between the school’s former basketball coach and a 15-year-old female student at the school.
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Pence agenda addresses ISTEP impact, not LGBT rights

January 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence called for lawmakers to pass legislation decreasing Indiana's reliance on 2015 ISTEP standardized test scores but made no mention of adding LGBT civil rights protections into state law when he released his agenda for the coming legislative session.
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Judge grants preliminary injunction banning Nativity scene

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction banning a northern Indiana school district from including a live Nativity scene as part of its annual Christmas show.
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Appeals court rules for teachers on pay issues

November 13, 2015
Dave Stafford
Jay Classroom Teachers Association prevailed Friday in an appeal contesting terms of a teachers’ contract adopted as the last best offer from Jay School Corporation.
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West Lafayette school officials considering drone ban

November 12, 2015
 Associated Press
School officials in West Lafayette are considering a ban on the use of drones during school hours and school-related activities.
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New law part of effort to block school-to-prison pipeline

October 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
National statistics show Indiana is the wrong kind of leader in school discipline.
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Schools across US find alternatives to suspending students

October 19, 2015
 Associated Press
The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teacher mistook his homemade clock for a possible bomb led to widespread ridicule of school officials and accusations that Islamophobia may have played a part. It has also highlighted the need in many states to evaluate the violations that lead to suspension or expulsion of students.
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Northern Indiana school district sued over Nativity scene

October 8, 2015
 Associated Press
A high school student and a parent are challenging the constitutionality of a live Nativity scene that's been included in a northern Indiana school district's annual Christmas show for decades.
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Lanane seeks new rights for people in U.S. illegally

September 21, 2015
 Associated Press
The leader of Indiana's state Senate Democrats is calling for new laws extending driving privileges and in-state college tuition rates to people living in the country illegally.
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Zoeller deals blow to plan to postpone test impact

September 17, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana’s attorney general dealt a major blow to a proposal by state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz that would spare schools from being penalized for low scores on this year’s ISTEP exams.
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Ex-Columbus teacher’s FMLA violation claims reinstated

August 25, 2015
Dave Stafford
A Columbus teacher who claimed his contract wasn’t renewed after he missed 23 days of school should have his day in court on his claims that the school system interfered with his rights under the Family Medical Leave Act and retaliated against him.
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7th Circuit affirms judgment for school in bullying case

August 25, 2015
Dave Stafford
A federal lawsuit brought against northwestern Indiana school corporations over a child’s alleged bullying was properly decided in favor of the schools on summary judgment, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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AG seeking restitution over alleged Warsaw schools kickbacks

August 18, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is seeking nearly $1 million in restitution from a former northern Indiana school district official and a business owner who were charged with an illegal kickback scheme.
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Risk to student in school religion case merits concealing mom’s name

August 4, 2015
Dave Stafford
The mother of a Fort Wayne public school student may proceed without identifying herself in a federal lawsuit claiming the second-grader was ostracized and shamed by a teacher because he told a classmate who inquired about his faith that he didn’t believe in God. The mother said identifying herself would disclose her son’s name, subjecting him to further harm and public criticism.
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AG sues Indianapolis-based test preparation company

June 22, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general is suing a college test preparation company, alleging it engaged in "unfair and abusive practices" when selling study materials for college equivalency exams.
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SEC hits ITT Educational, execs with fraud charges

May 12, 2015
IBJ Staff, J.K. Wall
The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing ITT Educational Services Inc. and its top two executives for fraud, the agency announced Tuesday.
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Michael: The importance of Article 7 of the Ind. Administrative Code

May 6, 2015
Article 7 of the Indiana Administrative Code provides standards, procedures and protections for students with disabilities and is a “lucky number” for attorneys to remember when it comes to clients and their educational needs.
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Judge: Notre Dame police aren't subject to open records law

April 20, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge in South Bend has ruled the University of Notre Dame’s police department isn't subject to Indiana’s open records laws, saying that is how the law has been understood for years and it would not be appropriate for the court to rewrite the statute.
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  1. Unfortunately, the court doesn't understand the difference between ebidta and adjusted ebidta as they clearly got the ruling wrong based on their misunderstanding

  2. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

  3. I am one of Steele's victims and was taken for $6,000. I want my money back due to him doing nothing for me. I filed for divorce after a 16 year marriage and lost everything. My kids, my home, cars, money, pension. Every attorney I have talked to is not willing to help me. What can I do? I was told i can file a civil suit but you have to have all of Steelers info that I don't have. Of someone can please help me or tell me what info I need would be great.

  4. It would appear that news breaking on Drudge from the Hoosier state (link below) ties back to this Hoosier story from the beginning of the recent police disrespect period .... MCBA president Cassandra Bentley McNair issued the statement on behalf of the association Dec. 1. The association said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. “The MCBA does not believe this was a just outcome to this process, and is disheartened that the system we as lawyers are intended to uphold failed the African-American community in such a way,” the association stated. “This situation is not just about the death of Michael Brown, but the thousands of other African-Americans who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police officers.” http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2016/07/18/hate-cops-sign-prompts-controversy/87242664/

  5. What form or who do I talk to about a d felony which I hear is classified as a 6 now? Who do I talk to. About to get my degree and I need this to go away it's been over 7 years if that helps.

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