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CCOSA Legal Assistance for School Districts

April 13, 2015

Program Description

One of the constant challenges of public school administration is staying current on the frequent and complex changes in education law, especially special education law. Administrators sometimes feel that they need a school attorney on speed dial. At the same time, school budgets are tight, and districts do not have significant funds to pay for legal services.

To address this challenge, CCOSA offers a program of legal assistance to Oklahoma school districts that emphasizes special education law. This program is ADVISORY ONLY. Participating districts are NOT forming an attorney-client relationship with CCOSA’s attorneys.

For each fiscal year ending on June 30, CCOSA, through its Staff Attorney and General Counsel, will provide the following types of legal assistance to Oklahoma school districts that choose to participate in this program:

  • Consultation by email, telephone, or in person at a CCOSA office with district staff members.
  • Assistance with review of district documents regarding employment, students, and professional services.
  • Specialized training at a CCOSA office (no additional travel expense for the participating district) or at another mutually convenient location with the CCOSA attorney’s actual travel expense paid by the participating district(s).

Oklahoma flagEach participating school district may designate two district administrators who are authorized to initiate requests for legal assistance from the CCOSA attorneys. Districts with an ADM of 10,000 and above may designate three district administrators. The purpose of this designation is to ensure that questions that can be answered and situations that can be addressed appropriately by other administrators in the school district are handled within that district. It is CCOSA’s desire to make its program of legal assistance available to every school district in our state that chooses to participate. Therefore, participating school districts must use the legal assistance program judiciously. Although each participating district is limited to two or three designated administrators to initiate requests for legal assistance, the district may include additional school personnel in conference calls, on-site visits and training sessions. While school districts participating in this program will receive additional legal assistance above and beyond individual member services, participating districts are NOT forming an attorney-client relationship with CCOSA’s attorneys.

CCOSA’s program will emphasize special education and disability-related issues. There will be some matters with which the CCOSA Attorneys will be unable to provide assistance. In those situations, the CCOSA attorneys may recommend that the district seek legal advice and services from a non-CCOSA attorney, which may cause the school district to incur legal expenses for services not covered by CCOSA’s program.

CCOSA encourages school districts considering participation in this program to weigh their probable areas of need and the areas of expertise of the CCOSA attorneys. Any school district considering participation in the program is encouraged to visit with the CCOSA attorneys in advance about the program so that the district makes a reasonable and financially sound decision regarding its participation.

Cost to Participating School Districts
(based upon each district’s size in ADM for the preceding fiscal year)
25,000 plus $2,000 6
10,000 to 24,999 $1,500 6
5,000 to 9,999 $1,200 4
2,000 to 4,999 $1,000 4
1,000 to 1,999 $800 3
500 to 999 $700 3
499 or less $600 2

Any administrator from a participating school district who is a member of CCOSA will still be entitled to all the privileges and benefits of CCOSA membership, including access to a CCOSA attorney permitted by that administrator’s membership level.

CCOSA reserves the right to refuse participation to school districts and to remove school districts from participation in the program.

Legal Training Events
ODSS First Year Director Training September 12, 2014
October 10, 2014
November 7, 2014
December 12, 2014
CCOSA School Law Workshop September 17, 2014
ODSS Fall Conference October 23-24, 2014
OASA Legislative Conference January 14, 2015
ODSS Winter Conference January 22-23, 2015
USSA New Law / CCOSA Summer Pre-Conference June 10, 2015

*Event registration limits are based on the ADM of the member district. During each fiscal year of active membership, each member district is guaranteed at least two complimentary training registrations for use in attending qualifying CCOSA legal training events listed above.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact
CCOSA Executive Director Steven Crawford (crawford@ccosa.org), CCOSA Staff Attorney Andrea Kunkel (kunkel@ccosa.org), or CCOSA General Counsel Ryan Owens (owens@ccosa.org).


Steven Crawford
CCOSA Executive Director

Andrea Kunkel
CCOSA Staff Attorney

Ryan Owens
CCOSA General Counsel

Dr. Vickie Williams
CCOSA Associate Executive Director

Dr. Gracie Branch
CCOSA Associate Executive Director

Legal Assistance for School Districts Documents and Forms:

  • Click here to download the CCOSA Legal Assistance for School Districts Brochure in pdf format.
  • Click here to download the Legal Assistance Letter to Superintendent's from Mr. Crawford in typable pdf format.
  • Click here to download the CCOSA Legal Assistance for School District Registration Form in typable pdf format.
  • Click here to download the Legal Assistance for Districts 2014-15 Workshops form in typable pdf format.

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