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CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – September, 2017 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: I was surprised to receive a letter the other day addressed to me as school principal with the Connecticut Department of Corrections as the return address. I opened the letter and read that it was from...more

See You In Court! – September 2017

The ongoing State budget stalemate has many public officials in Nutmeg on edge. “How can we give the Board of Education money when we don’t even know whether and when the State will give us our ECS funds?” asked Seymour...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – August, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: I hope that you are having a nice summer. As a new principal of a big elementary school, I was enjoying mine, but now I need your help. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter - August 2,...more

See You In Court! - July/August 2017

It was a tough budget season in Nutmeg, and the Board of Education was forced to make difficult cuts just to start the new year with a balanced budget. To make matters worse, Town officials are whispering about possibly...more

See You In Court! - June 2017

The members of the Nutmeg Board of Education are tired of having to put up with the constant barrage of criticism. Cut teaching positions? The parents go crazy. Add teaching positions? The taxpayer group goes crazy....more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #4

Dear Legal Mailbag: Spring is in the air and I am spending the majority of my days at the various PPT and 504 meetings that have come on like a seasonal allergy. But to make matters worse, this is the season when parents...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am new to my position as principal of a small elementary school and, frankly, I am surprised at how low energy my teachers are. It seems to me that they do the absolute minimum whenever they...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: When I signed up to be an administrator, I never realized what expansive rights nosy people have under the Freedom of Information Act. I understand that the public has the right to know certain things,...more

See You In Court! – May 2017

As Chair of the Finance Committee of the Nutmeg Board of Education, new Board member Penny Pincher is deeply concerned about the budget next year. Given the uncertainties regarding state funding, Seymour Dollars, venerable...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: I was just appointed principal of my school last fall. Despite my charming personality, I find that I am not the most popular person in my building. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April, 2017 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am the advisor for our school newspaper and the student editor-in-chief is a pain in the a**...oops, I mean an impressive young man. When I tell him to do something, he takes it as an opening...more

4/24/2017  /  Free Speech , Public Schools , Students

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: Recently, a parent stopped by my office unannounced to complain that one of my teachers was rude to her darling little son. This is not the first time that she has leveled an accusation against one...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017 #4

I am an assistant principal at a great middle school and we are a very welcoming bunch. Five months ago, a parent of another student attending our school came in with an eighth grade girl and asked that she be enrolled as...more

See You In Court! - April 2017

The Nutmeg Board of Education was frustrated and dismayed this budget season by the need to cut programs and reduce costs. However, given various warnings from Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: It seems that we cannot turn on the television these days without hearing the ongoing debate about travel bans, immigration reform and the presence of undocumented foreign nationals in this country....more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, I am reminded that we are approaching that time of the year – non-renewal season. But I am always afraid that I will be challenged if I recommend...more

See You In Court! - March 2017

Sally Scrivener was elected to the Nutmeg Board of Education last November, and she was surprised when her Board colleagues voted to elect her to serve as secretary of the Board. Sally is nothing if not conscientious, and she...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am sick and tired of parents who think that middle school education is unimportant. Every spring, I receive a spate of emails from parents notifying me that they will be taking their children out of...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – February, 2017 #3

Life is not all data team meetings and cafeteria supervision. Two months ago, I met a wonderful woman on Tinder, and our relationship has blossomed ever since. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter -...more

2/20/2017  /  Email , FOIA , Public Schools

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – February, 2017 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am a Section 504 coordinator working with a difficult family regarding accommodations they are asking to be placed in their child’s 504 plan. This 5th grade student is allergic to peanuts and tree...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – February, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a middle school, I am spared most of the angst parents have over the grades of their children because, at least so far, the college admissions process does not require submission...more

2/3/2017  /  Public Schools , Students , Teachers

See You In Court! – February 2017

This budget season has been the worst in memory for the Nutmeg Board of Education. Next year will be the second year of a three-year contract with the Nutmeg Union of Teachers (NUTS), and that contract includes a salary...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: As a high school administrator, I have to do those bullying investigations from time to time. As required by the law, I recently informed a rather over-involved parent that I had started investigating...more

1/23/2017  /  Bullying , FERPA , FOIA , Public Schools

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2017 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am confused. As a principal, I am a mandated reporter, and I understand that I must file a report with the Department of Children and Families whenever I have “reasonable cause to suspect or...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: As a new principal, I think that I have been a little intense and, frankly, I don’t think that I have been very popular with the staff members at my school. As a New Year’s resolution, I have decided...more

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