Parents of students in K-12 school districts can, and should, advocate strongly for their children. Most parents and other community members seek to resolve legitimate concerns in a productive and respectful manner. However, sometimes parents or other complainants are not willing to resolve concerns in a respectful manner, and as a result, their advocacy often turns into disrespectful and sometimes threatening behavior toward school staff and officials. Such individuals often resort to certain tactics that can be particularly disruptive to the education environment, including attacks on staff, filing multiple complaints, or bringing complaints directly to school board members.
Please join Rick Verstegen for administrative strategies for dealing with parents who may have unreasonable complaints or requests, conduct themselves in a threatening or intimidating manner, or are overly critical of classroom teachers and other staff.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- Understand how to recognize certain acts by parents as inappropriate behavior and how to address such complaints
- Learn about how to address such inappropriate conduct under district policy, including using chain of command policies and visitor policies
- Understand the legal implications of inappropriate behavior, including parent claims to due process or a right to education, First Amendment implications, and defamation
- Consider various strategies for addressing inappropriate behavior, including issuing letters banning parents from school property, seeking restraining orders, or seeking law enforcement involvement
- AND MUCH MORE!
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Dealing with Challenging Parents: Lawful Responses and Strategies for Administrators” is Richard F. Verstegen, attorney, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick is an experienced member of the School Law Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Group at the firm. He represents educational institutions (including public school districts and technical colleges) in a variety of education law matters. He counsels school clients in labor and employment, student rights, student discipline, meetings and records, special education, Title IX, privacy and technology issues, student safety, policy, governance, and many other issues. Rick regularly provides training on these issues, conducts compliance reviews, attends board meetings, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and school board policies, and provides other legal services. Rick has also published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition, he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
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