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Legal/Legislative Department
Email: Legal_Legislative@acsi.org

Thomas J. Cathey, Ed.D., Director for Legal/Legislative Issues
PO Box 65130
Colorado Springs, CO 80962-5130
Phone: 719.528.6906 x201 Fax: 719.531.0631
Email: Tom_Cathey@acsi.org

Philip Scott, Esq., In-House Counsel to ACSI
PO Box 65130
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-5130
Phone: 719.528.6906 x276
Email: Philip_Scott@acsi.org

P. George Tryfiates, Director of Government Affairs
1015 Fifteenth St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.558.7040
Mobile: 202.497.9521
Email: George_Tryfiates@acsi.org

ACSI's Office for Legal/Legislative Issues does not provide legal advice nor do we represent member schools.

Legal Legislative & Advocacy
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Legal Legislative Services

ACSI identifies and analyzes a broad array of national, legal, and legislative issues. In Colorado Springs, Dr. Tom Cathey, ACSI's director for Legal/Legislative Issues, and Philip Scott, assistant director, track legislation for all 50 states. The team also produces Legal Legislative Update, which is mailed to member schools three times annually and is available in the Legal Resources section. Dr. Cathey and Mr. Scott are also available to answer questions from schools via phone or email. In Washington, D.C., George Tryfiates, director for government affairs, monitors issues of national concern.

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Online Community Discussions 
Extended Leave of Absence During School Break  
I have International students leaving for Christmas break as early as 12/14/17 when our last day of school is 12/20/17. Some of them also return a few days after school resumes. What are your thoughts about students going home for extended time and missing school?
Cell Phones...Arghhhh   
Would any of you be willing to share your cell phone policies for students please?  We have a no cell phone policy unless a teacher ask the students to bring them to class for a project.  The phones must be off and in their lockers throughout the academic day.
Job Descriptions for Enrollment Marketing
We're looking to expand our enrollment marketing team. I'd be grateful for some sample job descriptions from the community. We're considering an enrollment marketing specialist (or similar), and/or a director of enrollment marketing. If you've got job descriptions that are similar, I'd be grateful to see copies.
Legislative Tracking
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ACSI tracks U.S. federal and state legislative efforts that have the potential to impact your school.  When needed we send out legislative action alerts so you can make your voice heard by legislatures.   

Hot Topics From Washington, D.C.

Current and pressing issues concerning Christian schooling and the non-profit faith community from ACSI's Director of Government Affairs in Washington, D.C., George Tryfiates.

Legal Legislative Update

Legal Legislative Update (LLU) newsletter is published three times a year as a member benefit to schools. The LLU contains timely articles on legal issues, human resource issues, and legislation that impacts member schools. Download or read a sample edition here. To view the latest issue or past issues select "Find Out More" below.  

Darkness to Light Abuse Prevention Training
ACSI is partnering with Darkness to Light to offer "Stewards of Children," a child sexual-abuse prevention training program for schools.
Legal Legislative Resources

Need information on a legal topic for your school? The Legal Legislative Department maintains a large number of resources that are all catagorized for ease of use. The categories include: School Leadership and Governance, Government Programs, Employment/Personnel, Student Issues, Finance/Insurance/IRS, Safety, and Liability Issues.

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Legal Defense Reimbursement Program (LDRP)
School Choice

The ACSI Legal Legislative Department supports school choice efforts in each state legislature. In this section, you will find sample legislation that schools can provide to their legislators to introduce in thier states. Each state and the school choice programs available in that state are also listed.  

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