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Legal/Legislative Department

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

Philip Scott, Esq., Assistant Director for Legal/Legislative Issues
PO Box 65130
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-5130
Phone: 719.528.6906 x276

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

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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. Reports are generated for each state and are available under Legislative Tracking. 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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Impact on Christian Schools: the Supreme Court's Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

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Online Community Discussions 
AP Biology teachers      
I am currently writing the audit for AP Biology, and I could use help figuring out how to word what I will be teaching under the Big Idea: Evolution. Has anyone climbed this mountain, and do you have help to offer. It would be great if your audit has been accepted.
Fidget tools    
With the new fidget spinner craze, fidget toys have become a topic for our staff. Can anyone offer insight to their benefits, purposes, drawbacks, or best practices at your schools?
Board Vetting Process  
We are beginning the implementation of a board member vetting process. The first task that we have set out to do is to have prospective board members fill out a questionnaire that will give us insight into their thoughts on the school and its direction as well as any strengths they will bring to the board table. Does anyone possess a questionnaire that has worked well for them as they vet board member candidates?     
Legislative Tracking Map
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See what U.S. federal and state bills ACSI is tracking and how they will impact your school.

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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Featured Resources
Religious Hiring—Discriminating on a Religious Basis in Employment Decisions

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees that U.S. employers which are established as religious organizations may discriminate on a religious basis when hiring and making personnel decisions.

What Schools Must Prove to Make Employee Decisions on Faith

Several court cases have examined the religious organization and religious criteria requirements. Member schools must be able to show not only their religious nature, but they also must be able to articulate religious criteria for the employment decisions they make.

Ten Reasons for Religious Staffing

For over thirty years, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, has honored the right of faith-based organizations to choose the employees who can best further their missions, by explicitly acknowledging in section 702(a) their freedom to use religious criteria when making employment decisions. This religious staffing option is not an exemption from the Civil Rights Act, but a freedom incorporated into it.

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