Dear Extra Mile Readers:
We're coming into the home stretch of the school year. We also congratulate and welcome all the newly elected board members who will be joining the important work of school districts across the state. If you have new school board members who should receive our monthly newsletters and periodic school law alerts, please let us know so we can include them on our list. Also, our invaluable guide for new and experienced board members, "A School Board Member's Handbook," is in the final stages of a comprehensive update, and you can pre-order your set now.
This month's edition of the Extra Mile features several important updates, including the much-anticipated and long-awaited Seventh Circuit opinion on the intersection of teachers' rights and students' rights in the arena of transgender students. This case is now binding authority in Illinois, so it's an important read.
We also draw your attention to several upcoming speaking engagements by Hodges Loizzi attorneys Pam Simaga, Steve Richart, and Cindi DeCola. Find the details of those presentations below.
Finally, note that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to hear a case next fall about public officials' ability to block people from their personal social media accounts, if the public official is using the personal account to disseminate information about their role in the public entity. The case, O'Connor-Ratcliff v. Garnier, presents interesting First Amendment questions that will have implications for public school board members and employees. We'll provide further information and monitor for the Supreme Court's opinion in the months ahead.