Jeffrey C. Goelitz


Jeff Goelitz represents school districts and special education cooperatives, advising on a range of school topics but focusing primarily on labor and personnel issues. In particular, Mr. Goelitz frequently advises on reductions in force and dismissals under SB 7, teacher evaluations under PERA, employee misconduct and termination cases, grievances, and unfair labor practice charges. He also conducts employee investigations and negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of clients. A bit of a technology geek at heart, Mr. Goelitz works with school clients on a variety of tech issues in schools, including 1:1 programs, student data privacy issues, and employees’ appropriate use of social media.

Mr. Goelitz has significant experience in training board members and administrators. He has presented several times for the Illinois Association of School Boards as part of its new board member training program, including conducting the required PERA and Open Meetings Act trainings for board members, and is a frequent presenter at annual conferences of the IASB, the IASPA, and the IASBO. He has also presented to his fellow school attorneys statewide at its annual Illinois Council of School Attorneys conference.

Mr. Goelitz received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois. Before law school, Mr. Goelitz was a middle school math teacher and a soccer and volleyball coach in Champaign.

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B.S. – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D. – University of Illinois College of Law

Speeches, In-Services, and Publications

Legal Implications of the Use of Technology in School Districts (IASBO Administrator Academy)

IASB PDLT and PERA Board Member Training

Schools and Social Media: The Pitfalls of Online Life for School District Personnel

PERA/SB 7 Land Mines and Updates

Collective Bargaining Agreements: Process, Practice, and Pitfalls