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Clarifying the status of Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense to Repayment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

During the second term of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education promulgated several complex regulatory packages. Among the most significant and controversial were the Gainful Employment (“GE”) rule,...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report on NLRA Protections For Faculty and Students

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a last minute attempt to leave his mark on the NLRB, the Board’s outgoing General Counsel issued a report attempting to expand the rights of university faculty and students, including scholarship...more

What Charter Schools Need to Know About the 2016 Public Records Law Overhaul

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Legislation overhauling the state's public records law was recently signed by Governor Baker. The provisions of the act take effect on January 1, 2017, and the Secretary of State's office is expected to release new...more

2016 Legislative Update: Summary of Changes in School Law

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

BOARDS OF EDUCATION - ENFORCEMENT OF BINDING PUBLIC ACCESS COUNSELOR OPINIONS - Public Act 99-586 - Effective Date: January 1, 2017 - Individuals who file lawsuits to enforce binding opinions from the PAC...more

Local Government Travel and Entertainment Expenses Come Under Greater Scrutiny with New Law

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past few years there has been no shortage of FOIA requests and media attention on how school districts and other units of local government spend or reimburse spending on conferences, dining, and travel. Last week...more

2016 New York Legislative Session Update

by Dentons on

Hearings, hearings, hearings. As is the case every year, marathon joint budget hearings on the various issues areas in the Governor’s 2016-17 spending plan have consumed legislators during the end of January and beginning of...more

PAC Finds FOIA Violation over Redactions in Governor Rauner’s Calendar

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The PAC recently issued a binding opinion finding that the office of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner violated the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act by delaying its response to a FOIA request, and improperly...more

Nevada Legislature Changes Procedure For Certain Bonds (AB 170)

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

AB 170, a bill amending NRS 350.020 passed by the Nevada Legislature, was signed by the Governor on June 11, 2015. It amends subsection 3 of NRS 350.020 which specifies the procedures to be followed to issue general...more

See You In Court – May 2015

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of Finance, gave the Board of Education a very hard time throughout the entire budget process this year. He questioned the Board down to the minutest detail of...more

Presidential Politics, E-Mail, And The FOIA: Why It Should Matter To You

The federal Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] has recently made its way into national new stories for all the wrong reasons. Hillary Clinton has become enmeshed in a controversy involving her use of a “private” e-mail...more

Board Member Term Limits: Are They Legal?

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Some cities and towns in Connecticut limit the terms of office for board of education members and other elected officials. This may come in the form of limiting a board member to two consecutive terms. At least one town in...more

Department of Education Deputy Secretary James Shelton Reportedly Leaving at the End of the Year

by DLA Piper on

As reported by EdWeek, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton is planning to resign at the end of this year. “Before being promoted to deputy secretary, Shelton was the assistant secretary for innovation and...more

Update on Recent FOIA and OMA Illinois Supreme Court and Attorney General Opinions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

- The Illinois Supreme Court rules state's attorneys are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. - The Illinois attorney general rules that: (i) the Open Meetings Act requires public bodies to recite the key terms of...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of June 9

While budget negotiations continue to take center stage this month, some state legislators elsewhere throughout the Capitol are making moves to change the size of state government and the rules by which elected officials and...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The General Assembly’s short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed bi-weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues...more

Cities Asking Congress to Support Dwindling Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Channels

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Public, educational and government (PEG) channels across the U.S. have been closing and consolidating over the last few years. This is the result of: (1) the economic downturn’s impact on municipal funding, (2) an...more

“Mind Your Own Business”- The Connecticut Supreme Court Limits Challenges to Licensing and Certification Decisions by Public...

In a much ballyhooed case, certain residents and taxpayers of the City of Bridgeport brought a “quo warranto” action in the courts, challenging the qualifications of the City’s Superintendent of Schools (Paul Vallas) to hold...more

Governor Signs Budget Trailer Bill Without Language Suspending Parts of the Public Records Act - State-Mandated Activities Remain...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed Assembly Bill 76 and signed Senate Bill 71. As introduced, both bills contained language that would have suspended certain provisions of the California Public Records Act. However, SB 71 was...more

OCR Reflects On The Work Done During The First Obama Administration

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights enforces federal statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, disability, age, race, color, and national origin in programs that receive financial assistance...more

The General Assembly Attempts to Save Christmas

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Illinois election law has served in the role of Grinch recently by requiring that school district and municipal offices stay open until 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve to accept candidate nomination petitions for the April 2013...more

2013 School Board Elections: Handling Nominating Petitions and Objections to Petitions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

There is confusion and concern about how school districts should handle receiving nominating petitions and objections to petitions for the 2013 school board elections. The Election Code says that school board nominating...more

Second Funnel Deadline: Dead or Alive?

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Friday, March 16 marked the second funnel deadline, when bills must be passed out of one chamber and then out of committee in the opposite chamber to continue to move forward. It creates a “crunch time” for many lobbyists as...more

Reliving the 200-year Saga of Benjamin Franklin’s Massachusetts Trust

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

Next year, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the judicial/political resolution of the final controversy over the administration and disposition of a certain Massachusetts-sited trust established under the will of Benjamin...more

CalSTRS Gets Two New Board Members

by Allen Matkins on

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (aka CalSTRS) claims to be the largest teachers’ retirement fund in the United States with assets of $148,000,000,000 at October 31, 2011. A 12 member board administers...more

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