Tueth Keeney Attorneys Join ROE 13 Presenting Administrator Academy #686

Dec 10, 2019

Tueth Keeney attorneys join Regional Office of Education #13 (“ROE 13”) presenting Administrator Academy #686: Legal Implications of the Use of Technology in the School District.   Merry Rhoades, Shane Jones, Adam Henningsen, and Elizabeth Kelly will discuss the legal implications related to the use of technology in schools by students and employees.   Topics to be discussed will include how courts address technology in the school environment, particularly under the First and Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. They will also discuss statutes and regulations impacting technology in the schools. These will include FERPA/ISSRA, COPPA and HB 3606 (Student Online Personal Protection Act of 2019). Practice tips will also be provided on topics such as the components of an acceptable use policy, maintaining data, e-learning, BYOD by both students and staff and staff and student discipline for inappropriate technology use. Registration details for Admin Academy #686 can be found here http://bit.ly/2OQI4Zn. The presentation is in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, on January 30, 2020.

Illinois Education – Tueth Keeney is proud to be one of the state’s largest Illinois education law practices. The firm has one of the most experienced groups of attorneys in Central and Southern Illinois dedicated to serving public schools. We regularly represent nearly 150 public school districts, including many districts in Central and Southern Illinois. Our Firm is also regularly appointed by insurers of educational institutions to represent districts in complex or difficult cases involving school or civil rights laws.

Merry Rhoades has more than 30 years of experience representing Illinois public education institutions.   Because of her 30-plus years of experience, she has key insights regarding the day-to-day operation of a school district ranging from board governance matters to board policy matters to student matters to special education matters. She is an active member of several school related organizations and serves as a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys Executive Committee and also the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) PRESS advisory committee.

D. Shane Jones practices in the areas of labor & employment law, education law, and higher education in Missouri and Illinois. Shane routinely advises and represents employers in all aspects of employment labor law, including wage and hour matters, the design and review of employee handbooks, drafting and enforcing no compete agreements, and investigating, disciplining and terminating employees. He has also successfully defended employers against discrimination claims, First Amendment claims, Due Process claims, and other Labor and Employment actions in state and federal courts.

Adam Henningsen practices primarily in the areas of education law, labor and employment law, and civil litigation. Adam regularly works with school districts and individual administrators on matters including labor and employment, contracting, student discipline, special education, and state and federal regulation compliance. He has successfully represented school districts, charter schools, and other employers in State and Federal Court, as well as administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, and the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Prior to joining the firm, Adam practiced school law at a firm in Kansas City, Missouri.

Elizabeth Kelly practices primarily in the areas of school law and finance, and labor and employment. She represents school districts throughout Illinois in matters concerning student rights and special education, as well as school finance, board policy and governance, compliance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Open Meetings Act, and employment and personnel issues. As the daughter of public educators and a superintendent of schools, Elizabeth has a unique insight into the real-world impact and implications that go with the decision-making responsibilities that fall on public school administrators and Boards of Education. Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth practiced tax law at a large firm in Chicago.