There are over 750 private, independent schools educating over 100,000 students in North Carolina. Looking deeper into the Triad area, there are over 100 private, independent schools from Alamance County to Yadkin County. By comparison, there are over 400 public schools in those same counties. However, there are few law firms, and even fewer attorneys, specializing in education law across those counties.
Independent schools lack a robust statewide agency or board, such as the North Carolina State Board of Education or Department of Public Instruction, to set policy or guidance. Therefore, independent schools rely on outside agencies such as the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for guidance. Most frequently, however, schools simply rely on their parents to provide professional guidance. Parents with business and legal backgrounds serve as the de facto advisors for the school, which may cause anxiety, division, and burnout. Additionally, this service may create conflicting duties of loyalty on the Board and may cause parents to give advice outside of their field of expertise.
Our goal is to help independent schools achieve their goals through experience, efficiency, and expertise. As school choice, remote learning, and alternative educational opportunities grow across our state and our region, independent schools need a collaborative and creative team of expert attorneys to respond to the ever-changing world in which we live. Our law firm delivers consultation and legal advice and provides representation on all matters required by the school.
The Education Law Team
Jim Lanik and Evan Lee