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Laura I. Lashley

Counsel
Atlanta | 470.240.3046
Fax | 404.869.6972

Laura Lashley advises clients on education policy and technology. She is a former educator who draws on her diverse experience in the industry to offer practical counsel, including in the areas of policy compliance and consultation, data privacy, employment, research, special education, strategic planning, and implementation of restructuring initiatives, such as charter systems. Her clients include K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and vendors who serve them.

Laura assists school districts with their educational technology needs by working with vendors to handle contract negotiations, procurements, and program implementation. She is a trusted advisor to her education clients in the rapidly evolving field of data privacy, helping them navigate students’ rights and clients’ responsibilities under federal and state law.

Laura is a former professor at Kennesaw State University in the Atlanta area, where she taught education law. She has served as legal counsel for the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. She is also a former high school teacher with Teach For America. Those experiences inform her counsel today and help her design and deliver impactful trainings and presentations to governing boards, employees, and community members on education law and policy topics for K-12 education and higher education.

Representative Experience

  • Advised school districts on student issues, policy creation and review, and school governance, including consultation on strategic educational reform initiatives.
  • Provided local school boards with guidance on statewide policy initiatives and strategic planning.
  • Created a 50-state survey of data privacy laws tailored to education technology vendors.
  • Drafted and consulted on terms and conditions and master services agreements for education technology vendors.
  • Designed and delivered trainings for school-level governance for use in the charter system model.
  • Facilitated strategic planning sessions with education clients.
  • Presented on charter school law and policy at national academic and legal conferences.
  • Designed charter school authorization programs for school district clients.
  • Drafted model legislation for education.
  • Consulted with educational clients on government relations and legislative planning.
  • Consulted with local school boards to develop grant proposals for innovative new programs.
  • Served as liaison with state education government officials on policy matters for school district clients.
  • Consulted with educational business clients on strategic growth and expansion nationally.
  • Represented clients in employment litigation concerning First and Fourth Amendment issues.
  • Assisted in independent school acquisitions and due diligence.

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