FWCS brings in national legal expert - August 04, 2006

Record Number: 2555
Displayed from: Aug 04, 2006 , until: Aug 08, 2006

From disciplining students to police searches in schools, the legal landscape is more and more heavily impacting everyday life in today's public schools. What does the law permit and where do legal policies fit into the ability to provide a safe, effective learning environment? To answer those questions, Fort Wayne Community Schools is presenting a workshop with renowned legal expert Bernard (Bernie) James, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University of Law. School Safety and the Law will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 at North Side High School, 475 E. State St. More than 150 FWCS school administrators and teachers will be joined at the workshop by representatives from the other three county school districts, law enforcement officers, school resource officers and representatives of the Allen County School Safety Commission. James serves as a senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice where he recently published, Sharing Information: A Guide to FERPA and Participation in Juvenile Justice Programs. He has served as the Special Counsel to the National School Safety Center, a partnership between the U.S. departments of Justice and Education and Pepperdine University. A writer on First Amendment matters for the National Law Journal and the ABA Preview Journal, James lectures in America and Canada on legal issues and serves as a constitutional law commentator for the national and local media. He speaks before a national audience on C-SPAN and PBS about cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The session at North Side High School will focus on student discipline, Indiana safe schools legislation, police officers working in the schools, including their interviewing of students, searches of students and other topics related to school safety and the law. We are very honored to have Bernie James come to Fort Wayne Community Schools, said John Weicker, FWCS director of security. He is an extremely dynamic speaker who talks about not only what we can do for the benefit of the few students who are having problems, but for the 98 percent who are not. His message resonates with educators. Funding for the workshop is from the Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Community Grant that FWCS received. NOTE TO MEDIA: Bernie James will be available for interviews following the session at 12:30 p.m. Contact Debbie Morgan, PIO, 467-2022 to make arrangements.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.