This podcast features host Duane Martin and other members of the EdCounsel team, who provide the latest updates on legal issues facing Missouri public schools. In each episode, the host will take a current legal topic and provide practical insights into how to manage the legal risks and compliance issues related to that topic. In January 2014, four school attorneys left the school law practice at former firms to found a completely different type of law firm – one whose sole purpose is to serve Missouri public school districts. EdCounsel is now a team of 12 attorneys who are dedicated to public schools and public school leaders.
Episode 41: School Leadership and Public Education Advocacy: Reflections with Roger Schmitz
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.
Episode 40: Implementing a $38K Minimum Teachers’ Salary Schedule: Talking with Carol Embree and Emily Omohundro.
With the Governor’s proposal to increase teacher salaries, Districts are considering options for implementation of a salary schedule that will make sense for them, now and in the future. School leader and financial expert Carol Embree joins Emily and Duane to discuss the financial and legal issues associated with putting a salary schedule with a $38K minimum teacher’s salary into place.
Powerpoint companion for this episode regarding 38K Teachers' Salary Schedule
Carol Embree's contact information
Episode 39: Recent Legal Issues Involving Instructional Materials
Over the past few months, legal issues regarding public access to and board approval of instructional materials have become prevalent. In this episode, Emily and Duane discuss legal issues regarding instructional materials, curriculum and textbooks ranging from approval requirements to parental access.
Episode 38: Common Mistakes of New Board Members
In this episode, Duane discusses a few of the common mistakes often made by new members of the Board of Education.
Episode 37: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision regarding Board Member Free Speech
This past week, the Supreme Court rejected a board member’s claim that his First Amendment rights were violated when his board gave him a verbal censure for his conduct as a board member. In this episode, Duane discusses the Court’s decision and what it means for Missouri school boards that may want to censure an individual board member.
Episode 36: Guns and Missouri Schools
Federal, state law and board policy each have specific rules for guns on Missouri school property. In this episode, Duane talks through some of the more common issues raised by these rules and what school officials should know about guns on school property in the possession of students, patrons, visitors, employees and school protections officers.