News and Past Events
August 2013. The Education Law and Policy Institute and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law have partnered to conduct an independent monitoring project for two days at Chicago Public Schools when classes resume on Monday, August 26. Approximately 50 volunteer project monitors, including law students, lawyers, and other professionals, have been assigned to schools that are expecting new students displaced by the recent CPS closings. Monitors will work in brief shifts on the first two days of school at CPS to welcome parents and students, as well as distribute “know your rights” materials and provide legal referrals as needed. More information on the project is available here: http://blogs.luc.edu/pressreleases/2013/08/23/loyola-university-chicago-school-of-law-partnership-to-assist-families-in-chicago-public-schools-transition/.
March and April 2013. Caitlyn Sharon, a second year law student in the Education Law Practicum, co-authored with attorney Brian Crowley a series of articles that were posted on the website of Franczek Radelet LLP. The articles included:
- Board Candidate Files Suit After State’s Attorney Serves Quo Warranto Action (April 30, 2013)
- District Court Finds Boys’ Basketball Haircut Policy Does Not Constitute Discrimination or Infringe Student Rights (March 26, 2013)
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds City’s Invocation Policy for Council Meetings (April 2, 2013)
- Ohio Court Rules Board Meeting Sign-In Process is Legal (March 26, 2013)
April 26, 2013. The Institute hosted a training on special education law in charter schools in conjunction with the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. The training was attended by representatives from charter school design teams, non-profit organizations, and Loyola University Chicago law students. Presenters included attorneys from Franzek Radelet, Equip for Equality and Chicago Public Schools as well as staff from the Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago International Charter School. The training materials are posted here.
April 15, 2013. The Civitas ChildLaw Center signed on in support of the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act: http://www.nwlc.org/resource/letter-congress-support-pregnant-and-parenting-students-access-education-act. This bill was introduced into the U.S. Congress on May 7, 2013.
March 15, 2013. The Institute hosted a conference entitled Early Childhood Education for the Future: The Creative Use of Public-Private Partnerships to Provide Cost-Effective, High-Quality School Readiness Programs. The training was co-sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood Professional Development. The panelists’ PowerPoints and videos of the presentations are posted here.
For more information on past events, please visit the Conferences, Research and Outreach page.