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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

Recent PAC Rulings Find University And Park District In Violation Of Open Meetings Act

In a recent decision, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) ruled that Western Illinois University Board of Trustees violated the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it voted to terminate a faculty member in closed session. According to...more

Education Update, No. 1, January 2013: Heads Up For Schools With TIAA CREF 403(b) Plan Documents

We try to alert our clients when we begin to see a trend developing. One trend our benefits attorneys have been addressing for private school clients is the fact that their third-party plan auditors have found that schools...more

Lessons for Nonprofits from the Freeh Report by James H. Hahn, Esq.

The law firm of Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP, in its capacity as Special Investigative Counsel for the Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University, recently issued its report (the “Freeh Report”) on Penn State’s...more

“Executive Session Privilege”: There is No Such Thing

Several new board of education members will begin their duties on July 1, 2012. Many of these duties are outlined in West Virginia Code § 18-5-13. These new board members will undergo new board member orientation and might...more

Elements of an Effective Ethics Screen

State rules of professional conduct and related authorities contain considerable guidance on when an ethics screen may prevent a conflict of interest from imputing or spreading from one person at a firm to taint everyone else...more

For-Profit Colleges Challenge Education Department’s Rules

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities is taking on the Department of Education. The organization, which represents some 1500 for-profit education institutions, filed its second lawsuit this year to...more

State and Federal Agencies Continue to Scrutinize For-Profit Colleges

Last fall, Franczek Radelet reported on the Department of Education’s increased regulations of the for-profit higher education industry. Other state and federal agencies have now joined in scrutinizing the recruitment and...more

5 Top Tips for Effective Managers to Ensure Compliance in 2011

The ever changing area of employment law shows no sign of slowing down in 2011 with a number of legislative changes coming into force. Here are our top 5 tips to protect your business in relation to the forthcoming...more

What Discretion Does a Board of Education Have in Issuing Alternative Work Schedules on Snow Days?

Already this year, many of Boards of Education in West Virginia have been faced with a number of school cancelations and delays as a result of inclement weather. A common question from school administrators is: What...more

"Is That 'Independent Contractor Really An 'Employee'?"

Is That 'Independent Contractor Really An 'Employee'?"...more

For the Business Manager: Post-Issuance Compliance: How to Live with a Bond Issue

Post-issuance compliance is a process that provides a school district with a record retention and reporting system that enables the school district to identify actions that could potentially impact the school district’s...more

Responsabilidade ambiental: dever de cidadania

O tema deste estudo refere-se à responsabilidade ambiental como um dever de cidadania para o alcance de uma sociedade justa e democrática, o que leva a tratar especificamente sobre a necessidade de...more

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