EDUCATION PRACTICE GROUP
McKenna Snyder LLC serves as solicitor and legal counsel for many schools and cyber charter schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our attorneys have also successfully represented schools before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Commonwealth Court, other state and federal courts and the Charter School Appeal Board (CAB). We routinely represent clients in a variety of administrative proceedings, including expulsion hearings and special education Due Process hearings. Our clients vary from schools in the beginning stages of organization to schools seeking renewals of their initial charters.
Our office routinely conducts trainings for Board members, administrators, professional employees and contractors about essential legal requirements, changes to the law and the practical application of law to operations and policy. Focus areas of trainings include: overview of Public School Code provisions, School Law compliance, the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, and compliance with the Right-to-Know Act, Prevailing Wages, Public Bidding, Special Education and Section 504 compliance, Labor & Employment matters, Student Discipline and Safety, as well as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We also provide ethics training for Board members targeted for their compliance with applicable law.
Our Firm handles a broad array of legal matters for schools, including, but not limited to: :
- General Education Law
- School Law
- Anti-Discrimination/Non-Retaliation Issues
- Board Governance
- Charter School & Cyber Charter School Law
- Legislative & Regulatory Review
- Office for Civil Rights
- Policy & Procedure Review and Drafting/Operations
- Professional & Board Training and Development
- Right-to-Know Law/Open Records
- Section 504
- Special Education Law
In addition to serving as general school counsel, our attorneys are experienced in select practice areas and understand the unique needs of clients. At McKenna Snyder LLC, we are committed to providing quality representation and appreciate the importance of a results-oriented and practical approach to the law.