Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Education Law: A Year in Review 2015

Education Law and Policy Institute 
presented

An Education Law Retrospective Featuring Two Special Events

Thursday, June 18, 2015
 
11 – 5:30 PM Program
5:30 – 6:30 PM Reception

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Philip H. Corboy Law Center 
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

This program was approved by the IL MCLE Board and the ILSCCP for 5.25 hours of Professional Responsibility credit.

Speaker Biographies

A Retrospective on the Corey H. Litigation

11 A.M.-12:45 P.M.

Corey H. v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago was a long-standing federal case filed on behalf of Chicago students with disabilities on grounds that they were being educated in unnecessarily segregated environments.  The case resulted in over 20 years of litigation, a trial involving the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), court-approved settlements by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and ISBE, and extensive changes in the Illinois special education system. 

The program featured:

  • The Honorable Robert W. Gettleman, United States District Judge of the Northern District of Illinois
  • Kathleen Yannias, Court-appointed monitor for the Corey H. litigation
  • Sharon Soltman, Co-Counsel for the Plaintiff Class
  • Hillary Weis Coustan, Adjunct Faculty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (panel moderator)

Overview of Corey H
Corey H. v. Board of Education, 995 F.Supp. 900 (N.D. Ill. 1998)
Corey H. Monitor’s Final Report on ISBE Implementation
Corey H. Monitor’s Final Report on CPS Implementation (without attachments)

Education Law: A Year in Review

1 - 5:30 PM Program
5:30 – 6:30 PM Reception

This seminar addressed important developments in the area of education law during the past year. Gery Chico, a Loyola alumnus, shared his perspective based on his experience as former Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education and President of the Board of Trustees of Chicago Public Schools. Speakers also addressed topics that included Title IX compliance in the higher education and k-12 context; best practices in developing effective bullying policies; and recent developments in special education law and in the 2015 legislative session.

Agenda

1:00 Welcome and Introduction – Miranda Johnson, Associate Director, Education Law and Policy Institute

1:15 Remarks by Gery Chico (Loyola JD ’85), who concluded his service this year as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education and previously served as President of the Board of Trustees of Chicago Public Schools

2:00 Practitioner Perspectives on Title IX Compliance

“Sexual Violence in K-12 Schools: Navigating Title IX in 2015,” Amy Kosanovich Dickerson (Loyola JD ’07), Partner, Franczek Radelet P.C.

“Walking the Talk: A Case Study in the Search for Title IX Perfection,” Timothy Love (Loyola JD ’13), Associate Dean of Students, Loyola University Chicago

3:00 Break

3:15 “Best Practices in Developing Bullying Policies,” Sarah Schriber, Coalition Director, Prevent School Violence Illinois
Prevent School Violence Act of 2014
ISBE Memo on Bullying Policy Submissions
Bias-Based Bullying Survey
Documenting Bullying at Your School: Tips for School Administrators
Providing Support to Children Who Are Bullied: Tips for School Personnel And Other Adults
HIB Intervention Tip Sheet

4:00 “Recent Developments in Special Education Law,” Mark Weber, Vincent de Paul Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

4:45 “2015 Legislative Session: Changes in Education Law and Funding,” Nicki Bazer, Of Counsel, Franczek Radelet P.C. (former General Counsel to ISBE)
Handout: 2015 Legislative Summary