Coronavirus Pandemic Planning in Missouri – Holding Legally Compliant Board Meetings

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Coronavirus Pandemic Planning: Holding Legally Compliant Board Meetings During this Time of Uncertainty

Below, we are listing answers or guidance we are providing in response to questions we have received relating to holding board meetings during this time of uncertainty. As time progresses, we will continue to provide updates or amended guidance, where necessary.

Can we hold a meeting without having anyone physically attend the meeting? Yes. However, the manner in

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Eight Tueth Keeney Attorneys are Included in 2019 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List

Super Lawyers 2019 badgeWe are proud to announce that eight Tueth Keeney attorneys have been included in the 2019 Missouri & Kansas  Super Lawyers ® list.   Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.    Michelle Basi, Celynda Brasher, Amy Clendennen, Margaret Hesse, and Kate Nash are all recognized in Schools & Education,

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Missouri Supreme Court Addresses Questions of Sex Stereotyping, Transgender Students, and Administrative Law

In two decisions handed down on February 26, 2019, the Missouri Supreme Court waded into two questions under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA): whether sex stereotyping is enough to constitute a claim under the MHRA, and whether a student transitioning from female to male can insist on access to restrooms and locker rooms reserved for males. The court also waded into a question of proper procedure under Missouri administrative law. But in no respect did the Court””or at least

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Tueth Keeney Attorneys Selected for Inclusion to the 2018 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List

Super Lawyers 2018 badgeWe are proud to announce that seven Tueth Keeney attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2018 Missouri & Kansas  Super Lawyers ® list.   We are also pleased to announce that Adam Henningsen is a new addition to the 2018 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars Super Lawyers list.   Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the

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Student Walk-Outs: Guidance for Schools

Background School administrators know the familiar refrain that students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate” from the Supreme Court’s precedent in Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503(1969).   In Tinker, students wore black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War.   The Court overturned the school district’s decision to suspend the students, finding that their speech was protected by the First Amendment and did not “materially disrupt classwork

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Seven Tueth Keeney Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Tueth Keeney is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys have been selected to the 2017 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list.   Ian P. Cooper has been selected in the primary practice area of Employment Litigation: Defense.   Michelle H. Basi, Celynda L. Brasher, Margaret A. Hesse and Katherine L. Nash have been selected in Schools and Education.   Melanie Gurley Keeney, and Mollie Hennessee are listed in the primary practice

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Supreme Court Sends Transgender Student Case Back To Circuit Court Following Withdrawal of DOJ and ED Guidance

The United States Supreme Court will no longer hear argument on the case regarding transgender students, which was previously set to be heard on March 28, 2017. On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an Order vacating the Fourth Circuit’s prior decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board and remanding the case back to the Circuit Court for further consideration. The Order follows the February 22, 2017, joint letter from the Department of Justice and the Department of

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DOJ and ED Withdraw Guidance Regarding Transgender Students: Now What?

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice and Department of Education issued a joint letter withdrawing the Dear Colleague Letter issued by the Departments on May 13, 2016, regarding transgender students. That guidance took the position that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 required schools to grant access to sex-segregated facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, based on gender identity. The Departments have now withdrawn that guidance, stating that guidance did not contain

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Tueth Keeney Attorneys Author School Law 2016 Cumulative Supplement

The following Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt attorneys were authors of the School Law 2016 Cumulative Supplement published by The Missouri Bar: Melanie Gurley Keeney, Michelle Hammond Basi, Lisa Berns, Celynda Brasher, Margaret Hesse, Shane Jones, Kameron Murphy and Katherine Nash. Melanie Gurley Keeney, a founding Shareholder of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. , practices in the areas of Employment, Immigration, and Education law. Melanie represents institutions of higher education, corporations and individuals in immigration law matters,

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Transgender Students and Title IX: What are School Districts Supposed to Do?

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, on Friday, May 13, 2016, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education (“OCR”) issued joint guidance for schools regarding the treatment of transgender students in the educational environment. The “Dear Colleague” Letter, which is only eight pages long (with nineteen pages of examples from the Office of Safe and Healthy Students), clarifies and confirms the position that the Departments

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