Early in October, Rodney & Etter welcomed the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) to New Orleans. CUBE held its 44th Annual Conference & Award Luncheon with the theme “Urban School Governance Today: Challenges and Opportunities” at the Loews Hotel from October 6-8, 2011. CUBE represents over 110 urban school districts in 35 states and the Virgin Islands. R&E served as a silver sponsor of the event and participated in the State of Urban Education Address and Luncheon, a discussion of the State-Level Challenges to School Board Governance, and a workshop on Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability. We enjoyed networking with Board Members from across the nation and sharing our experiences on the role of school safety, school violence, bullying, and discriminatory school practices.
One week later Rodney & Etter welcomed the NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) to New Orleans. COSA held their 2011 School Law Practice Seminar at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel October 13-15. COSA’s membership consists of 37 affiliate state councils and over 3,000 attorneys nationwide, who work to improve the practice of school law and prevent lawsuits against public schools. R&E sponsored the Wi-Fi access for the seminar, enabling the more than 120 attendees’ access to internet and email.
At the COSA Seminar we participated in sessions on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Crisis Communications Management for School Districts, Litigating Student Suicides in Federal Court, and the Role of the School Attorney in Emerging School Governance Models. We also attended sessions on “24 Things a School Attorney Really Needs to Know” and Legal Pointers on Religion in Public Schools. A session on Legal Pointers on Discrimination in Public Schools was presented by Edward Morris, General Counsel for the Orleans Parish School Board. Norlisha Parker Burke represented the firm at the Conference, and enjoyed networking with School Attorneys from across the nation and sharing our experiences on the role of school safety, school violence, bullying, and discriminatory school practices.bullying, COSA, CUBE, NSBA, Orleans Parish School Board, Roy J. Rodney, Roy Rodney,, School Boards, School Violence