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Monthly publication addressing recent legal developments in school law.

Expulsion Notices Must Contain Specifics

As the procedural requirements for expulsion are usually the only basis upon which the State Superintendent reverses expulsion orders, school administration should be sure to put sufficient detail in an expulsion notice so there is no question that the student and the family were put on notice of the conduct alleged.

Be Cautious When Regulating Student Clothing Depicting Firearms

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Wisconsin, issued a decision clarifying the limitations on public schools’ ability to regulate student clothing depicting firearms under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court clarified that schools cannot categorically prohibit students from wearing such clothing at school.

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