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Court Rules That Delayed Compliance With A FOIA Request Remains A Violation

In a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision, the Court held that a public body was in violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) where the public body initially willfully ignored its obligation to respond to a FOIA...more

Court of Appeal Grants Petition for Rehearing in School District Parcel Tax Case

The court of appeal in Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 1 Dist., December 6, 2012; re-hearing granted January 7, 2013) held that the school district did not have the authority to...more

Tax Collectors Must be Adequately Compensated - School Board Powers are Limited

Local school districts seeking to starve-out local tax collectors in favor of a centralized collection system have been rebuffed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and told that fundamental changes to the local tax collection...more

PA School Districts Seek to Increase Property Taxes of Selected Businesses

A new and growing trend in the field of property tax assessment continued this summer, as school districts in the eastern part of the state filed what could be a record number of appeals of selected property owners’ tax...more

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UPDATED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 Legislation – State University System. Do the statutes and provisions of the General Appropriations Act that restrict state universities’ expenditure or tuition and fees and condition...more

Education Update (No. 3, July 2012): Your School Is Religious – Does That Mean It's Exempt?

You've just received notice from your state unemployment commission that the School owes $10,000 in back unemployment taxes. You don't understand how this occurred since your religious school has always been treated as exempt...more

Education Update - July 2012, No. 3

In This Issue: - Your School Is Religious – Does That Mean It’s Exempt? By Greg Ballew (Kansas City) - You’ve just received notice from your state unemployment commission that the School owes $10,000 in back...more

Public Charter Schools - Second Edition

Introduction The public charter school movement has evolved for two decades, yet the challenge of securing affordable facilities continues to confront nearly every charter school. The landscape of solutions now includes...more

Hidden Problems within Sabbaticals and Other Professional Development Leave Programs

From corporations to prestigious research universities, employers sometimes permit employees to take time away for extended periods. The names of these programs may vary, e.g., they may be related to a sabbatical or...more

Voluntary Payments in Lieu of Taxes a Growing Trend Nationwide

As local governments continue to search for additional sources of revenue in times of fiscal uncertainty, a little known but long-standing mechanism is getting renewed attention. The concept of payments in lieu of taxes,...more

Tax Day 2012: Does The Government's P.R. Campaign Increase Compliance?

More than any other area of the criminal law, enforcement of the tax laws is associated with a specific date: April 15. Over the next two weeks, accountants will be working feverishly to complete their clients’ tax returns,...more

Second Funnel Deadline: Dead or Alive?

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

Capital Thinking Update - February 13, 2012

In This Issue: General Legislative On Monday, February 13, 2012, the House will meet at 1:00 p.m. in pro forma session. On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and at 2:00 p.m. to...more

Payment Matters: CMS Instructs Teaching Hospitals on Reporting FICA Tax Refunds for Medical Residents

On March 10, 2010, the IRS determined that medical residents are exempt from FICA taxes based on the student exception, for tax periods ending before April 1, 2005. Although the refunds apply to tax periods ending before...more

Food Services Providers & Investigations by State Attorneys General

New York State’s new Taxpayer Protection Bureau, which New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman established in January 2011, was designed to eliminate fraud and recoup money illegally taken from New York State...more

Real Estate Issues Related to Foreign Educational Programs

More than 260,000 U.S. Students Studied Abroad in 2008/2009 Academic Year • Although down by .8% cf’d to 2007/2008, more than half of campuses responding (55%) reported increases in 2009/2010 cf’d to 2008/2009...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

Special Education News - November 2010

IN THIS ISSUE Service Animals In School - A New Federal Rule...page 1 Wrongful Graduation: What Are The Factors?...page 2 For the Business Manager Post-Issuance Compliance: How To Live With A Bond Issue...page...more

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