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And who is going to pay for it? The State’s new draft guidelines for educating expelled students

In 2016, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed Public Act 16-147: AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. This Act made several changes to school discipline laws which...more

See You In Court! – September 2017

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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

Liability for field trips: Munn v. Hotchkiss and ticks, Costa v. Plainville and basketball, and are there really any new...

Last Friday (August 11, 2017), the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision garnering significant press attention in which it ruled that 1) Connecticut public policy imposes a duty upon schools to warn or protect against...more

2017 Education Legislation Summary

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In its 2017 regular session, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes affecting public education in Connecticut. This summary is intended to give you a brief overview of some of the more significant...more

See You In Court! - July/August 2017

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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

Make Sure Your Mandatory Reporting Policies And Trainings Are Up To Date

Now that summer is half-way over, it’s time to make sure that your district is on track to be compliant at the start of the new school year with up-to-date policies on mandated reporting and by ensuring that you have planned...more

New Legislation Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements

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Earlier this month, the Governor signed Public Act 17-220 (House Bill 7276), which contains a number of provisions aimed at providing “mandate relief” to boards of education. Section 5 of Public Act 17-220, effective July 1,...more

Violation of Stay-Put Provisions Under the IDEA Can Be Costly

In what appears to be the first case of its kind within the Second Circuit, a United States District Court Judge within the District of Connecticut has crafted an order of over $200,000 in compensatory damages for a school...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on Appleton School District Open Meetings Law

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In a unanimous and much-anticipated decision released today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a committee of school personnel formed to review materials for a high school course under a procedure set forth in school...more

Legislature Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements

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Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed House Bill 7276, now Public Act 17-220, which contains a number of provisions aimed at providing “mandate relief” to boards of education. Section 5 of Public Act 17-220,...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – June, 2017

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Originally published in CAS Weekly Newsletter - June 12, 2017. Dear Legal Mailbag: The typical public school nurse today most likely works with several students with severe and/or life threatening conditions that often...more

Title IX Update - June 2017

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Court Affirmed Relief for Transgender Student's Access to School Bathrooms in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 Board of Education, et al....more

Public Act 16-67 – Are Your Background-Check Practices Compliant?

It’s been almost exactly a year since Public Act 16-67 – officially entitled “An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Certain Education Personnel Records, Criminal Penalties for Threatening in Educational Settings and the...more

See You In Court! - June 2017

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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

Attorney General’s Office Finds School Board Held Improper Discussion in Closed Session

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The Attorney General’s Office recently issued a non-binding opinion concluding that a board of education improperly discussed matters in closed session that were not within the scope of the exceptions on which the board...more

See You In Court! – May 2017

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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

High School Sleuths Expose Questionable Credentials of New Principal

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Earlier this month in the city of Pittsburg, Kansas, a group of curious student journalists raised serious questions about the credentials of their newly hired principal, Amy Robertson. According to the Kansas City Star,...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April, 2017

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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

State Board of Education Adopts PEAC Recommendation Regarding Use of Master Tests in Educator Evaluation Plans

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At its meeting on April 5, 2017, the State Board of Education voted to adopt the March 29, 2017 recommendation of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) concerning the use of state mastery test data in educator...more

See You In Court! - April 2017

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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

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017 #3

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In passing its own version of the state’s 2018 spending blueprint, the Senate moved one step closer last week to satisfying the General Assembly’s lone constitutional obligation....more

Officials’ Top 10 Things to Remember About Public Participation in Local Government

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As the national political climate heated up recently, some local governments are facing spillover effects, with local and sometimes even out-of-town activists and provocateurs attending city council, school board and other...more

Utah employee had no constitutional right to continued employment

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Public employees who have a right to continued employ­ment enjoy constitutional due-process protections that run-of-the-mill at-will employees do not. How can a public employer know if one of its employees enjoys...more

See You In Court! - March 2017

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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

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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

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