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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

Public Transit Passes Satisfy the Transportation Requirements of the Charter School Law

Hoffman v. Steel Valley School District, 1002 C.D. 2014 (Pa.Cmwlth. 2015). The provision of public transit passes to charter school students fulfills the requirements of the Charter School Law for the provision of...more

Recent Guidance on Charter School Participation in State Pension Plans

In Illinois, charter school teachers and certain administrators are eligible to participate in the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF). Both of these pension systems are...more

Client Alert: IRS Announcement on February 9, 2015, Requires Review of Charter Schools Tax Status

On November 8, 2011, the IRS and Treasury Department published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“2011 Advance Notice”) that posed a threat to charter school participation in public pension plan systems. The 2011...more

What Can Schools Expect from this Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On January 7, 2015, the 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. Adjournment is scheduled for June 3, 2015. We can expect that a plethora of proposed bills affecting Connecticut school districts will be...more

School Districts: Recent Health Related Legislation Affecting Schools (11/14)

Governor Cuomo recently signed two health related bills affecting schools into law. The first, codified under Education Law § 305(52) and signed on October 21, 2014, went into effect immediately. The law directs the...more

2014 Legislative Update: Summary Of Changes In School Law

In This Update: - Administration ..School as Polling Place ..Student Discipline Study ..Destruction of Public Records ..Sale of Personal Information ..DCFS Guardianship ..Children of...more

How Will The State Department of Education’s New Charter School Oversight Policies Be Implemented?

On August 11, 2014, the State Department of Education [“SDE”] announced via a press release that it would immediately implement a series of policy changes designed to “ensure that all charter schools, operate according to...more

This Year, Schools Face Increased Obligations for Addressing Bullying

Two new laws require school districts and charter schools to reconsider their approach to bullying. The first new bullying law requires school boards and charter schools to make extensive revisions to their bullying policies....more

Just The Facts: Charter Schools (and Cutting Through Some Myths and Hot Air)

As anyone reading the newspapers can observe, Connecticut charter schools are receiving some unwanted attention these days due to: 1) a myriad of issues involving a charter school management company; and 2) virulent attacks...more

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over a Charter School in New York

For the first time in New York State, a Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has asserted NLRB jurisdiction over a New York charter school, and ordered an election for a unit of approximately 35...more

OCR Issues Guidance Reminding Charter Schools of Application of Federal Civil Rights Laws

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, or national origin), Title IX of the Civil...more

SEC Charges Charter School Operator with Disclosure Violations, Suggests It May Charge Individuals

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a Chicago charter school operator with defrauding investors in a $37.5 million bond offering by failing to disclose transactions that presented conflicts of...more

SEC Settles Bond Case Centered on Construction of Charter Schools

The Commission continues to focus on the municipal bond market, filing a settled action against two state grant recipients who were supposed to construct charter schools. The action, alleging fraud in connection with the sale...more

Charter School Bill Passes House

Last week, the House of Representatives passed, in a 360-45 vote, legislation that would reauthorize charter schools. The measure, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter School Act (HR10), would authorize $300...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

Attorneys’ Fees Awarded To Charter School In IDEA Action

The District Court for the District of Columbia recently issued a decision awarding attorneys’ fees to a charter school (that operates as its own local education agency), finding that the parent’s attorney filed and continued...more

Utah Procurement Code: A Road Map for Better Purchasing

No doubt your charter school is a careful steward of taxpayer funds and always gets the best deal on everything it buys. Right? Well now you have an even better "tool" to make sure you are getting the best deal possible....more

General Assembly Calls For More Studies On Charter Schools

At the close of the last legislative session, the General Assembly passed two legislative actions calling for the development of new studies on charter schools. ...more

Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Blasts Charter Schools

Charter school managers and officials should be aware that the Executive Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records has recently made public statements criticizing charter schools that take the position that they...more

Alabama Legislative Update: Alabama Legislature Begins 2013 Regular Session

On February 5, the Alabama Legislature convened its 2013 Regular Session before listening as Governor Robert Bentley delivered his third State of the State address to a joint session. Over the next two days, legislative...more

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Schools Not Liable For Student Injury And Deaths In Two Separate Lawsuits

Last fall, the Illinois Appellate Court issued opinions on two different cases involving the tort immunity of school districts. In both cases, the court declined to find the schools liable....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 1-11-13

In this week’s issue: - Legislature Completes Its First Week - Majority Party Discusses Its Legislative Agenda - New Constitutional Officers Sworn into Office - Federal Decision Issued Regarding MaineCare...more

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Chicago Nonprofit Corporation That Operates Charter School

In a 3-1 decision in Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School, Inc. and Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff, IFT, AFT, AFL-CIO, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asserted jurisdiction over a...more

Contrary to Union's Argument, NLRB Finds Jurisdiction Over Nonprofit Corporation Operating Charter School in Chicago

In Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School, Inc., 359 NLRB No. 41 (Dec. 14, 2012), the National Labor Relations Board ("the Board" or "NLRB") rejected the position of a teachers' union and found that it had...more

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