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Court Reverses Board Decision Terminating Teacher for Blood Alcohol Test

An Illinois Appellate Court recently overturned the 2012 dismissal of a teacher who was terminated for being under the influence while at work. The opinion provides instructive guidance on how courts closely analyze a school...more

Pay-to-Play Lessons from New Jersey’s State Investment Council Rules

New Jersey is often thought of as the “pay-to-play” state – primarily because we have five separate statewide pay-to-play prohibition laws in effect (covering state procurement, county procurement, local procurement, state...more

Clear Thinking: The State Board of Education’s Concussion Education Plan and Guidelines for Connecticut Schools

With each new year, it seems as if Connecticut legislators collectively agree to the same resolution – create new legal obligations for local and regional school boards. This year is no different. Although passed in early...more

School Teacher With Breast Cancer Could Proceed With Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Lauralyn Swanson was a teacher for the Yucca Valley Elementary School who was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. After the district’s board of education voted not to renew Swanson’s contract, Swanson...more

Board Member Term Limits: Are They Legal?

Some cities and towns in Connecticut limit the terms of office for board of education members and other elected officials. This may come in the form of limiting a board member to two consecutive terms. At least one town in...more

Religious Institution - January 2015

Experience over the last couple decades teaches that religious institutions face as much or perhaps more liability than secular organizations and, therefore, need to take risk management seriously. From operating their own...more

Will 2015 be The Year for Pay-to-Play Reform in New Jersey?

New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws have been described as a “dizzyingly complex array of statutes, ordinances and executive orders.” New Jersey currently has different laws in effect that apply to State government contracts, State...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Do Not Hire Dispute Between Teachers Union and Chicago Board of Education

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide The Board of Education of the City of Chicago v. The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. Board of Education presents the following...more

Justice Department Files Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that the board discriminated against pregnant teachers at Scammon Elementary School by subjecting...more

Is the CHRO Expanding its Reach into Schools and Police Actions?

I recently attended a meeting where Charles Krich, the Principal Attorney for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”), spoke about the future of the agency. Attorney Krich stated that the agency...more

Circuit Court of Springfield Overturns PAC Opinion on OMA Violation

An Illinois Circuit Court recently overturned a Public Access Counselor opinion. The Court held, contrary to the PAC, that the Board of Education of Springfield School District No. 186 did not violate Section 2(e) of the Open...more

Texas Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview - 10/14

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, the Supreme Court of Texas will hear argument in the following three cases. Arguments begin at 9:00 am...more

Policy Revisions Due to New Laws

This Alert is intended to give a general explanation of 2014 legislative enactments of the Connecticut General Assembly that may impact your board of education policies. For more detailed and individualized assistance with...more

School Board Taught a Costly Lesson: Court Upholds Reinstatement with 10 Years of Back Pay

Ms. Fair was employed by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (the “Board”) from 1988 to 2004, when her employment was terminated. During her employment, Ms. Fair had developed a psychiatric disorder, namely,...more

Circuit Court Finds Stay Put Does Not Apply to Unilateral Placement

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that during the pendency of a dispute, a student must remain in his/her “then-current educational placement”; this is known as stay put. The IDEA does not,...more

Alert: Policy Revisions Due to New Laws

This Alert is intended to give a general explanation of 2014 legislative enactments of the Connecticut General Assembly that may impact your board of education policies. For more detailed and individualized assistance with...more

Appellate Court Upholds Decision That Therapeutic Day School Is Not Student’s Least Restrictive Environment

In Porter v. Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Appellate Court upheld an Illinois State Board of Education special education hearing officer’s decision that a therapeutic day school was not a student’s least...more

ISBE Publishes Proposed Rules on State Model Evaluation Plan

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently published its proposed regulations containing the State Performance Evaluation Model required under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA). PERA specifically...more

ISBE Releases Non-Regulatory Guidance on Recall Rights for Honorably Dismissed Teachers in Group 2

As we reported last month, recently enacted Public Act 098-0648 gives limited recall rights to honorably dismissed teachers placed in Group 2 who have one “needs improvement” rating. Effective July 1, 2014, Public Act...more

How Many Committees Are Public Schools Required to Have?

The Connecticut General Assembly has a fondness for mandating the establishment of committees in public education. In recent years, school districts have been directed to create committees to address bullying, school security...more

Seventh Circuit Opinion Demonstrates the Importance of Engaging an Appellate Attorney When the Right to Appeal Is on the Line

The recent opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Banks v. Chicago Board of Education, 13-2018, N.D. Ill, E. Div. (April 24, 2014), illustrates the importance of engaging an appellate attorney to...more

2014 Legislative Short Session - Education Bills Introduced

The NC General Assembly kicked off its 2014 Short Session (adjournment goal of July 4th is reasonable) with bill introductions that are relevant...more

New Legislation Attempts to Deal with Chronic Absenteeism

The Connecticut General Assembly is poised to act on a bill entitled “An Act Concerning Chronic Absenteeism.” This legislation requires a board of education to do two things: (1) establish a district school attendance review...more

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education Minutes Re: SPECIAL EDUCATION SETTLEMENTS BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2013 &...

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education Meeting MINUTES NOVEMBER 2013 TO FEBRUARY 2014 Board of Education Meeting MINUTES: Ii Government Code §54956.9(d)(2) SPECIAL EDUCATION...more

Second Circuit Affirms Rulings In Long-Standing Suit Involving Title VII Class Claims Brought By New York City Teachers

Gulino v. The Board of Education of the New York City School District of the City of New York, No. 13-cv-1001 (2d Cir. Feb. 4, 2014): A recent decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by the lower...more

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