Pullman & Comley - School Law

FOIA is FUN: Somewhat Recent Reminders from the Freedom Of Information Commission

Although it is known as the “Sunshine Law,” the idea of summer fun is usually not synonymous with the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”]. Nevertheless, as we lament the passing of time (and loss of daylight), Connecticut’s…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Education

Hypnotic Suggestion: North Port High School and the Complicity of Indifference

Concluding what must be one of the oddest public school disputes in recent memory, the Sarasota County Board of Education in Florida has agreed to resolve a lawsuit brought by three sets of parents, each of whom claimed that…more
| Civil Procedure, Education, Personal Injury

Making Bad Choices: Title IX, Title VII and Ludlow V. Northwestern University

A prior post considered the case of Ha v. Northwestern University, in which the plaintiff claimed that Northwestern had violated Title IX by insufficiently disciplining one of its professors, Peter Ludlow, despite concluding…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Have You Posted Your “No Vaping” Signs?

A recent state law, effective October 1, 2015, prohibits the use electronic nicotine delivery systems or vapor products in school buildings, among other public locales. In addition, the law requires the person in control of the…more
| Education, Elections & Politics

The FOIA, Charter Schools and “Charter Management Organizations:” The FOIC and the Legislature (Sort Of) Speak

As noted previously, the intersection between Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] and charter schools has been the source of much noise. Notwithstanding some shrill voices, charter schools have always been subject…more
| Education, Elections & Politics

School Buses Exempted from Property Tax

While children sing the “Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” as they head to school, it is highly doubtful that they ponder who has to pay the taxes for those wheels. Yet, this very question arose recently in the New Britain…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Education, Finance & Banking, Taxation, Transportation

Taking The “Due” Out of Due Process – OSERS and Compliance Complaints

During a brief altercation in Dashiell Hammett’s classic novel, The Maltese Falcon, the protagonist, Sam Spade, warns one of his antagonists that “when you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.” That is much the same approach…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education

Property Tax Exemption for Residential Properties Revoked for Many Connecticut Colleges and Universities

During the recently concluded special session, the Connecticut General Assembly approved, and the Governor subsequently signed into law, Section 244 of Public Act No. 15-5 (June Special Session) that revokes the property tax…more
| Education, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Does One Wrong Equal No Rights? Connecticut Lets Its Surrogate Parents’ Contracts Lapse

Due to the State Department of Education’s failure to provide new contracts in a timely manner, Connecticut’s approximately 74 surrogate parents have found themselves in limbo. Surrogate parents are appointed by the State…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Education, Family Law

Deliberate Indifference to Bullying Can Amount to Massive Liability – Lessons from the Pine Bush Settlement

$4.48 million. That’s how much the Pine Bush School District in central-New York just agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of current and former students who alleged that school administrators were deliberately…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Disciplinary Investigations of Employees – Three Names to Know

Whenever an employer is considering disciplining an employee for misconduct, three names from 1967, 1975 and 1985 continue to be associated with employer investigations and interrogations, in much the same way that Mr. Miranda’s…more
| Criminal Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2015 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Schools

The 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded. A comprehensive summary and discussion of laws that were passed during the 2015 session will be forthcoming from this firm after the Governor has acted…more
| Education

Another Reason to Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect to DCF: Lawrence V. Weiner

We have repeatedly cautioned that those employees who are required by law to make reports to the Department of Children and Families [“DCF”] of suspected child abuse and neglect should always err on the side of caution and, even…more
| Education

The Importance Of A Title IX Coordinator

On April 24, 2015, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights issued a new “Dear Colleague” letter concerning Title IX, along with a separate letter to Title IX coordinators and a Title IX Resource Guide…more
| Administrative Law, Education

Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About The Attorney-Client Privilege and The FOIA But Were Afraid to Ask: The Latest

As a self-described FOIA nerd, I have written in these pages about issues pertaining to the effect of the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] on the attorney-client privilege (and vice versa). In a plethora of recent decisions,…more
| Civil Procedure, Education
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