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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

Legislature Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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

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

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

See You In Court! – February 2017

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This budget season has been the worst in memory for the Nutmeg Board of Education. Next year will be the second year of a three-year contract with the Nutmeg Union of Teachers (NUTS), and that contract includes a salary...more

IL Supreme Court Interprets OMA Requirement for Public Recital Prior to Final Action

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Supreme Court recently affirmed the decisions of the lower courts, which had overturned a Public Access Counselor opinion, in Board of Education of Springfield School District No. 186 v. the Attorney General of...more

A Cadillac, A Serviceable Chevrolet Or Something In Between: The Supreme Court Is Poised To Redefine The Standard Of Education...

On January 11, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case likely to change the landscape of special education by redefining the level of education that is...more

Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Presenting at the 2016 CT Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/CT Association of Public School...

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The most important benefit of attending the Annual CABE/CAPSS Convention is the valuable information you take home to your community. The ideas and strategies you learn through networking with fellow board members and...more

Attorney General (PAC) Deems RIF Joint Committee for Teacher Placement Subject to OMA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor (PAC) division of the Attorney General’s Office recently held that the reduction in force joint committee (the “Joint Committee”) was subject to the requirements of the Open Meetings Act (OMA)....more

Teacher Retirement Board Issues Revised Guidelines for the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

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On June 29, 2016, the Teacher Retirement Board (“TRB”) issued new guidance concerning the reemployment of retired teachers. One of the new and significant guidelines for post-retirement employment concerned the application of...more

[Webinar] Proposed Changes to the Financial Responsibility Standards - August 31st, 12:00pm CST

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Among the significant changes proposed by the Department are revisions to the financial responsibility standards. The proposed regulation would create a significant number of new “triggering events” that would automatically...more

Taxpayer Suit Establishes that School Board Policies Have the Force of Law

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On July 20, 2016, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the decision of the circuit court in Veazey v. Rich Township High School District 227, et al. and sent the case back to the circuit court with instruction that Mr....more

Education Legislation Summary 2016

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2016 SESSION - CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY - In its 2016 regular and special sessions, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes that affect public education in Connecticut. This summary...more

Employment Law Letter - Summer 2016

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Last year the General Assembly enacted legislation prohibiting all public and private sector employers from disciplining an employee for “discussing the amount of his or her wages [or] inquiring about the wages of another...more

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