Category Archives: Schools

Student Discipline Policies and the Dept of Ed’s Office for Civil Rights

The Guidance is clear – charter schools must have nondiscriminatory student discipline policies implemented in a nondiscriminatory manner. The Guidance draws a distinction familiar in the area of employment law: disparate treatment and disparate impact. Under Title IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act as well as under Arizona law, charter schools must create and enforce a nondiscriminatory student discipline policy.Continue Reading

What is an Arizona Charter School?

Charter schools are, without argument, public schools. Think of it this way: K-12 education is either “public” or “private”. Private schools may charge tuition, are exempt from No Child Left Behind requirements and other Federal laws including FERPA (so long as they receive no federal funding), are not eligible to receive per-pupil funding, and may establish entrance requirements so long as they do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Continue Reading

Arizona Open Meeting Law Basics

We are often asked whether nonprofits must follow Arizona open meeting law (“OML”). Generally, nonprofits are not required to follow open meeting law; however, there are some exceptions – most notably charter schools. Charter schools are treated as public institutions for OML purposes because they are both funded with state tax dollars and are overseen by the state.Continue Reading