Susan Scott

Susan Scott

Pullman & Comley, LLC

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How Many Committees Are Public Schools Required to Have?

The Connecticut General Assembly has a fondness for mandating the establishment of committees in public education. In recent years, school districts have been directed to create committees to address bullying, school security...more

6/25/2014 - Board of Education Public Schools

New Legislation Attempts to Deal with Chronic Absenteeism

The Connecticut General Assembly is poised to act on a bill entitled “An Act Concerning Chronic Absenteeism.” This legislation requires a board of education to do two things: (1) establish a district school attendance review...more

4/22/2014 - Absenteeism Board of Education Public Schools Truancy Laws

Recording Special Education Team Meetings: Three Reasons Why Your School District Should Have a Written Policy

The audio recording of special education team meetings [“PPTs”] by parents and advocates has become a relatively accepted and common practice. Technically, school districts are only obligated to permit the recording of such...more

4/10/2014 - Audio Recording FERPA IEP Public Schools School Districts Special Education

Connecticut State Department of Education Due Process Hearing Decisions for the 2013 Calendar Year: A Summary

During 2013, the State Department of Education handled approximately 239 requests for due process hearings to resolve issues with student special education programs. Of those requests, only a small minority were resolved by a...more

3/7/2014 - Department of Education Due Process Public Schools Special Education Students

Students and Electronic Cigarettes: Implications of Governor Malloy’s Proposed Legislation

Recently, there has been a lot of debate in the media about electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes.” E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that are used to ingest nicotine by inhaling a vapor. (For more detail, the...more

2/27/2014 - E-Cigarettes Students

Dear Colleague Letter Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

2/14/2014 - Department of Education Discipline Discrimination DOJ National Origin Discrimination OCR Students Zero Tolerance Policies

Dear Colleague Letter Firmly Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

2/14/2014 - Department of Education Discrimination National Origin Discrimination OCR Students Zero Tolerance Policies

Employee Theft of Employer Documents—Protected Conduct in Opposition to Discrimination or Criminal Activity?

From time to time, there is media coverage about a teacher or other public school employee who has been charged with a serious crime that occurred outside the school environment. If this employee had previous convictions or...more

2/7/2014 - Civil Rights Act Discrimination EEOC Protected Concerted Activity Theft

What is the Difference Between FERPA and PPRA? Protecting Student Privacy and Confidential Education Records

Two important federal laws protect the privacy rights of all students: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, “FERPA” and Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, 20 U.S.C. §1232h, “PPRA.” Both...more

1/29/2014 - Educational Assistance Programs Educational Institutions FERPA Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Concerns Privacy Policy Student Loans Student Records

New Board Members’ Homework

It is that time of year when newly elected board of education members are settling in to their positions and starting to assume responsibility for overseeing their respective municipality’s public school district. To help...more

1/28/2014

Impact of Legislation on BOE Policies

This Alert provides a general explanation of the recent legislative enactments that impact board of education policies. ...more

8/9/2013 - Board of Education Meeting Department of Education New Legislation Public Schools School Safety Security Students

New State Law prohibits Use of “AlertNow” and Other Automated Notification Systems to Communicate the Date, Time and Location of...

As of July 1, 2013 Boards of Education will no longer be allowed to use their AlertNow, e-mail, texting or other automated notification systems to notify parents or guardians of the time, date and location of budget...more

7/2/2013 - Board of Education Meeting Education Budget Email Local Ordinance New Regulations Notifications Robocalling Texting

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