Education
2021 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference & Workshop

2021 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference & Workshop

School and Education Attorneys, Anthony J. Steffek and Abby (Busler) Tilkens will be presenting at the 2021 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference & Workshop on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM. Their presentation, The New Normal: Virtual Education in a Pandemic, will address changes in Virtual education. After providing a brief update on legal considerations, the presenters will...

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Special Education Considerations in the Virtual Education Setting

By: Anthony J. Steffek and Abby S. Busler In light of the recent extension of school closures through the end of this school year, this article will review additional guidance from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) regarding the issue of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for special education students during virtual learning: School districts must provide a free and appropriate...

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CARES Act: Educational Impact for School Districts

By: Abby S. Busler The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes among its many provisions specific funding sources for Wisconsin school districts. This includes a Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and an Elementary Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. The CARES Act also created a higher education relief fund, but that is not applicable for K-12 schools. The...

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Webinar Replay: Managing Education in the #SaferAtHome Era: K-12 Guidance for Administrators

Webinar Replay: Managing Education in the #SaferAtHome Era: K-12 Guidance for Administrators

The impact of COVID-19 is imparting an unprecedented burden on educators across Wisconsin.  Breaking news is the new constant, leaving board members, superintendents and other administrators buried in pending urgent decisions amidst a sea of uncertainty. Davis|Kuelthau is dedicated to helping each of you through these challenging times.  Members of our School Team, Robert (Bob) Burns, Anthony...

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$2 Trillion Stimulus CARES Act – Educational and Labor Impacts

By: Abby S. Busler While the majority of provisions in the CARES Act address loans and stimulus plans for individuals and businesses, the CARES Act also enacts additional legislation directly impacting schools and amends the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Act sets forth approximately $13.5 billion dollars through formula grants to States to support local educational...

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FAPE During a Pandemic, What Does it Mean?

By: Abby S. Busler School Districts across the state are experiencing an upheaval of all that is normal and forced to react and adapt to the “new” normal.  On March 24, 2020, Governor Evers set forth Emergency Order #12, issuing a Stay At Home order.  That order specifically directed that schools will not be open until April 24, 2020. Many school districts transitioned to virtual learning, or...

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CARES Act Passed Providing Forgivable Loans to Maintain Business Continuity in Trying Times (Updated March 27, 2020)

By: Michael Van Someren and Lawrence J. Glusman The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or “CARES Act” was signed into law by the president on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act has a number of provisions meant to allow employers to receive forgivable loans to pay business expenses and permit them to maintain continuity of operations to the extent possible in light of other legal...

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School District COVID-19 Update and Resources

By: Robert W. Burns and Abby S. Busler The current COVID-19 health emergency has confronted school districts with a wide variety of serious challenges.  The purpose of this article is to compile useful information pertaining to several key recurring topics and serve as a reference tool.  Italicized items are excerpts from the source documents linked below.  Given the fast moving developments in...

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COVID-19 Student Loan Impact and COVID-19 Free Testing

COVID-19 Student Loan Impact and COVID-19 Free Testing

(1) COVID-19 Student Loan Impact As many Americans throughout the country participate in self-quarantine, mortgage and rent payments, heat and electricity payments and student loans continue to weigh heavily on smaller paychecks. In response to many citizens working a reduced schedule or temporarily losing employment, during this time of uncertainty state and federal government continue to...

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COVID-19 Closes K-12 Public and Private Schools – Employers Must Adapt

By: Abby S. Busler On March 13, 2020, just before 5:00pm Governor Evers issued an agency order mandating the closure of all K-12 Wisconsin schools both public and private, as part of efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. This decision has a widespread impact on Wisconsin’s workforce and its public and private sector employers.  The CDC and DHS continue to provide...

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