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Drafting Agendas: Three Reasons to be More Specific than “Attorney-Client Privileged Communication – Executive Session...

One of the most regularly used reasons to enter executive session is to discuss a matter that would result in the disclosure of communications that are privileged by the attorney-client relationship. The agenda item often...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April 2016 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am blessed, I think, because a wealthy new family just enrolled two children in my school, and the father has taken a great interest in our facilities. He can come on a bit strong with his...more

Bathrooms, Cakes, Wedding Poetry and DJs—Delving Into the North Carolina and Mississippi Laws on Transgender Issues

In the last several weeks, North Carolina and Mississippi have passed laws about transgender rights that have garnered headlines across the country. Although both touch on issues of transgender rights, they are actually very...more

Post-Friedrichs, The Agency Fee Ground Is Still Shaking Mightily, But For A Different Reason

Agency fee contract provisions in collective bargaining agreements that require public sector bargaining unit employees, as a condition of employment, to pay the union for the cost of contract administration, grievance...more

So You Need A New Board Member: Legal Concerns When Filling Vacancies

For better or worse, elected municipal officials (such as school board members) are sometimes unable to complete their term of office, and thus boards of education are faced with having to fill vacancies. Here is a brief...more

State Releases New School Security and Safety Standards

In 2013, as part of Public Act 13-1, Connecticut enacted legislation that requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), in consultation with the State Department of Education, to develop school...more

See You In Court – March 2016

Now that the budget for next year was finally completed and submitted to the Town, the Nutmeg Board of Education turned its attention to the current year’s budget. Board member Red Cent had been poring over the monthly...more

SC Public Policy Update - March #1

What's New - SENATE - The three-week filibuster on the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act (H.3579) ended late Wednesday night when lawmakers agreed via a party line vote (24-16) to move...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week

Dear Legal Mailbag: I admit to being a bit of a neat freak, and I am now wondering whether my idiosyncrasy has gotten me in trouble. Last month, I was walking through our gymnasium and saw a bunch of mats in the corner,...more

Non-Renewal of Administrator Contracts

The deadlines are approaching for non-renewal of administrative contracts. Administrator contracts are governed by Section 1229 of the School Code, MCL 380.1229, which contains two crucial deadlines for non-renewing an...more

See You in Court – February 2016

Mr. Superintendent knew that his news for the Nutmeg Board of Education would cause a stir – the Nutmeg Public Schools were looking at a deficit for 2015-2016 of around $1,000,000. While the warm weather had resulted in...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Educational Employers Are Not Required to Arbitrate “Do Not Hire” Designation

When the Chicago Board of Education refused to arbitrate grievances concerning its “do not hire” policy, it did not violate the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act according to the Illinois Supreme Court. This case...more

Attorneys Are Not So Special After All: The FOIA and the Need for Specific Agenda Items

Generally, Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] requires that a public agency preparing an agenda/posting for a meeting ensure that each agenda item is specific enough to apprise the public of the action...more

See You In Court – January 2016

At the time, it seemed like a good idea. The Nutmeg Public Schools have long cherished its friendship with its sister city of Nutmeg, Belgium, and after years of discussion and months of planning, last summer the Nutmeg...more

The Professional Governance Board – November 2015

Orienting your Professional Governance Board to Success - Practice makes perfect. Or so we were told throughout our childhood by parents, teachers and coaches. The lesson imparted was a simple, but valuable one. That...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Education Spotlight

This week two more legislators joined the group not running for reelection in 2016. Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) announced Thursday he is retiring after the 2016 legislative session. Sen. Rucho is in his 9th term in the...more

SEE YOU IN COURT – November 2015

Negotiations with the Nutmeg Union of Teachers (NUTS) went better than usual this year. NUTS did not waste a lot of time trying to usurp management rights, and it focused instead on the bread-and-butter issues of salary and...more

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

Board Members’ Homework Assignment: Making Sure Your District’s Website Is Legally Compliant

With the start of a new school year, students are not the only ones who have homework. To the contrary, school board members and their respective districts’ central office administrators have their own assignment -- ensuring...more

The Appropriate Punishment for Actual and Perceived Threats in the Workplace-Take Two; the Appellate Court (Sensibly) Speaks

Last year, I wrote about an unsuccessful attempt to vacate a puzzling arbitration award that overturned the termination of a school custodian who made threats of violence. In a decision that was officially issued on October...more

SEE YOU IN COURT – October 2015

Bob Bombast, veteran member of the Nutmeg Board of Education, has been vocal in his opposition to state testing based on the Common Core State Standards. When Mr. Superintendent reported last month on the poor test results...more

2015 Legislative Update: Summary Of Changes In School Law

ADMINISTRATION - LALI’S LAW (HEROIN CRISIS ACT) - Public Act 99-0480 - Effective Date: September 9, 2015 - School districts, public schools, or nonpublic schools may now authorize a school nurse or trained...more

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...more

Real Estate and Land Use - September 2015 #2

Use It or Lose It: San Clemente Required to Refund $10 Million in Unused Impact Fees: Walker v. City of San Clemente (August 28, 2015, G050552) - Why It Matters: In a strict reading of a local agency’s...more

Be Aware of Public Employees Disciplinary Proceedings Protections: Loudermill, Wiengarten and Garrity

This post is primarily for public sector employers such as state agencies, municipalities and districts. By virtue of being employed by the government and quite likely represented by a labor union, public sector employees in...more

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