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Other best practices would include reviewing and updating antiharassment/antidiscrimination policies to include recent OCR language; updating coordinator information (title, name, contact information); ensuring that all policies are listed on the school's website, in the student handbook, and are easy to locate; never ignoring any complaint or concern that involves race/color/national origin, disability, and sex/gender discrimination; and being consistent with disciplinary decisions when following the school's discipline code. Additionally, review the OCR's data website and see if your school's disciplinary data shows a disparity in your discipline practices. If there is a disproportionality in your school's discipline records, whether intentional or of a disparate impact, start taking corrective steps now.  PL REFERENCES ■ Ervin, K. & O'Hagan, M. (2013, March 5). Feds probing Seattle schools' treatment of black students. Seattle Times. Retrieved from html/localnews/2020491683_ schooldisciplinexml.html ■ Madison v. Morehouse Parish Superintendent, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68659 (W.D. La. 2014). ■ Resolution Agreement #05-12-5001 Minneapolis Public Schools. Retrieved from ■ Stokley v. Bristol Borough Sch. Dist., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127919 (E.D. Pa. 2013). ■ Superville, Denisa R. (2014, November 13). Minneapolis will review suspension of every minority student. District Dossier - Education Week. Retrieved from District_Dossier/2014/11/minneapolis_ will_review_the_su.html ■ Tucker, J. (2012, September 27). Oakland schools to get suspension monitor. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved from 14 Principal 1 724290_eCampus.indd Leadership | May 2015 12/17/14 2:03 PM education/article/Oakland-schools-toget-suspension-monitor-3901025.php ■ U.S. Constitution Amendment XIV, §1. ■ U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education (2014, January 8). Joint "Dear Colleague" letter. Retrieved from about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague201401-title-vi.html ■ U.S. Department of Education (2014, November 20). Letter to Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools concerning Compliance Rev. #05-125001 ■ U.S. Department of Justice (2013, May 30). Court approves consent decree to prevent and address racial discrimination in student discipline in Meridian, Miss. Retrieved from: http://www.justice. gov/opa/pr/court-approves-consentdecree-prevent-and-address-racialdiscrimination-student-discipline Séamus P. Boyce is a partner with Church, Church, Hittle, and Antrim, where he has a law practice representing schools in all legal matters. He currently serves on the Board of the National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys (COSA) and is a member of the Education Law Association. He is a frequent presenter, writer, and contributor for these organizations as well as educational organizations, including the Indiana School Boards Association. Elizabeth L. Barnes is an associate attorney with Church, Church, Hittle, and Antrim, based out of Merrillville, IN. She primarily works in the areas of school, education, labor, and employment law. She is also a member of COSA and a frequent presenter for educational organizations, including the Indiana School Boards Association. Suzanne E. Eckes is an associate professor at Indiana University. She has published widely on school legal matters, including co-authoring Public School Law: Teachers' and Students' Rights (7th ed., 2013, Pearson), School Discipline and Safety (2012, Sage Publications), and co-editing the Principal's Legal Handbook. Analyses in this column are intended to be informative, not definitive legal advice. School leaders should contact their districts' legal counsel for information about specific legal matters arising in their schools.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal Leadership - May 2015

Sungard K-12 Education
From the Editor
Bulletin Board
Cases in Point
eCampus Systems14
Healthy Schools, Healthy Students
2015 NASSP Digital Principal Award Winners
The New School Library
Salsbury Industries
Building Bridges, Making Connections
Leading a STEM Shift
Considering the Whole Student
Collaborative Common Planning to Meet Higher Standards
More Than a Building: Personalization and the Ninth-Grade Center Model
Discussion Guide: More Than a Building
Teaching for Tomorrow, Today
Instructional Leader
Breaking Ranks in Practice
Solution Tree
School Outfitters

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