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North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed bi-weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues...more

Municipal Bond Market Absorbs Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s Decision that Teacher Pension Reform Legislation is Unconstitutional...

The latest swerve in the rollercoaster that is Puerto Rico public finance occurred on April 11 with the release of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s ruling striking down as unconstitutional the bulk of the territory’s teacher...more

Common Core Testing Opt-Out…..Is it Legal?

Connecticut’s roll-out of the Common Core State Standards has been, to put it mildly, controversial. Critics of Common Core have decried what they perceive as the loss of local pedagogical control in favor of state and...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 2-14-14

- Excerpt from Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of School Nutrition Bill: On January 10th, the very first week of the legislative session, Governor LePage announced that he had vetoed five of sixteen bills that he...more

Puerto Rico Bondholders Await Contract Impairment Ruling in Teacher Pension Reform Litigation

We previously discussed the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s decision in the Hernandez case, in which by a 5-4 vote the court upheld the constitutionality under federal and Puerto Rico law of pension reform legislation affecting...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - February 7, 2014

This Wednesday the General Assembly met in joint session to elect the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, Chief Judge of the Administrative Law Court, several circuit court and family court judges, other boards...more

Capital Thinking: Education

Legislative Activity - FY 2014 Appropriations - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) stated last week that negotiators are making progress on the...more

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Upcoming Hearings: Wednesday, October 30: A hearing and business meeting in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to mark up legislation (including H.R. 2094,...more

Students in Foster Care Benefit from Urgency Legislation - Effective Immediately, AB 216 Modifies Graduation Requirements and...

Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law Assembly Bill 216, an urgency measure designed to further define the standards and procedures for exempting pupils in foster care from local graduation requirements. The new law...more

2013 Legislative Update: Summary Of Changes In School Law

In This Issue: - ADMINISTRATION ..Hazing ..Firearm Concealed Carry Act ..School Safety Drills ..Medical Insurance for Interscholastic Athletes ..Insurance ..Duties of a Principal ...more

Ten Things to Know About the 2013 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2013 session after passing a two-year budget and considering hundreds of bills on a variety of topics. Here are some highlights from this year’s session...more

Student Success Act

In 2002, George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act (“NCLBA”). Once considered a revolutionary piece of legislation, its “one size fits all” standardization has proven to be an impossible undertaking for some...more

Obama’s Higher Education Proposals

With some fanfare, last week President Obama unveiled his proposal for higher education reform. The principal focus of the Obama proposal is: (i) the development of a ranking system for colleges based on such measures as...more

NYC Gifted Programs Should Rely on 'Math,' Lawyer Says [Video]

Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Stewart Karlin, a New York labor and employment lawyer, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his representation of a group of parents challenging the admissions process for New York City's...more

Chicago School Closings Update

The injunction hearing regarding the closings of around 50 Chicago Public Schools began Tuesday July 16 and continued through Friday July 19, 2013. ...more

FCC Seeks Input to Improve E-Rate School & Library Technology Program - BB&K is Assembling a Coalition of Local Governments and...

The Federal Communications Commission, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released yesterday, declared that connection to the Internet alone will no longer be the standard of success for the E-rate program. Speed and...more

Jason Maloni on Schools and Education  [Video]

Universities, high schools, and elementary schools have seen sudden and tragic emergencies that threaten the safety, health, and security of faculty, students, and staff. At the same time, institutions face a wide variety of...more

The Buck Stops There: Colorado Supreme Court Rules That Education Reform Depends On General Assembly

On Tuesday, May 28, the Colorado Supreme Court held in State v. Lobato that the state's public school financing scheme meets the Colorado constitution's requirement for a "thorough and uniform" funding system, thus reversing...more

ABA Legal Education Conference: "Titanic Executives Meeting" [Video]

April 29 (Bloomberg) -- Last week the American Bar Association's Task Force on the Future of Legal Education held a day long conference in Indianapolis to discuss both challenges and opportunities for change. Task Force...more

Mexico's Education Reform May be a Catalyst for Change

Under the leadership of President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico has recently approved a historic constitutional amendment reforming the country’s archaic education system. In order to push this historic reform, which is commonly...more

Government Relations Report - Week 6 Wrap-up: Property Tax, Education Reform, Red Light Cameras, Water Issues and Home Rule

We have now completed six weeks of the 2013 Session of Iowa’s 85th General Assembly. The end of week five marked the first milestone: the deadline for individual bill requests. After February 15th individual legislators...more

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