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 SRU MPAEL to Host 'School Law Workshops' for School Administrators 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:


     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – School administrators, superintendents and educators from throughout the region are invited to attend two “School Law Workshops,” including a special advanced school law session, sponsored by Slippery Rock University’s College of Education and the Midwestern Pennsylvania Academy of Educational Leadership. Bernard Hoffman, a legal consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will conduct the sessions.

     Dr. C. Jay Hertzog, dean of SRU’s College of Education, points out, “Mr. Hoffman is the only superintendent emeritus in the commonwealth and is a scholar in school law. His presentation will offer the latest information from the federal courts that affect school districts and positions. Mr. Hoffman was consulted following the recent school shootings in Wisconsin.” An education expert, Hoffman specializes in policy, procedures, guidelines, job descriptions and contracts -- all factors enhancing student success.

     The first of two, two-day sessions of the basic “School Law Workshop” will be presented June 20-21 at the Region Learning Alliance in Wexford under the theme “Realistic, Attainable and Doable Problem-solving Techniques for Today’s School Administrators, Counselors and Teachers.” The second, two-day session will be offered  June 23-24 at the Russell Wright Alumni House on the SRU campus as a repeat. The one-day “Advanced School Law Workshop” will be offered June 22 in SRU’s McKay Education Building, home of the College of Education.

     All sessions will run 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enrollment in the basic sessions is limited to 30 participants; 20 participants for the advanced session.

     The basic sessions will include a look at the effect of politics on education from 2005 to the future, and “The Continuum of Learning.” Topics will include such items as contracts as they relate to state and federal law, recordkeeping, identifying and intervention with ‘at risk’ students, bullying, discrimination, harassment and hazing. Also covered will be new state and federal actions and decisions, cases and codes reviewed and a discussion of such terms as “qualified immunity.”

     The advanced session, open to those who have attended the basic session in the past and those who have had superintendent or other administrative responsibilities, will divide the continuum of learning into eight subsections, and cover such topics as policies, procedures, guidelines, job descriptions and contracts related to specific school districts. There will also be discussion of how Pennsylvania’s Refined Code chapters affect various school districts.

      The registration fees for the basic, non-credit workshop, but with 15 Act 48 hours, is $160. The advanced session, which offers seven Act 48 hours, is $115. Registration may be completed by calling 724-738-2007. 



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