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2017 Education Legislation Summary

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In its 2017 regular session, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes affecting public education in Connecticut. This summary is intended to give you a brief overview of some of the more significant...more

DeVos Confirmed, Oral Arguments Set in Gloucester County, and Congress Introduces Education Legislation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, the United States Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos’ confirmation hearings were contentious, as telephone switchboards in Congress were flooded with constituent calls opposing her...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

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

Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights Issue Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Friday, May 13, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance entitled Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students (“Guidance”). This guidance is provided pursuant to the Departments’...more

School Boards Beware: Appellate Court Applies High Bar for School Board Ignoring Hearing Officer’s Findings of Fact

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Appellate Court (Fifth District) recently reversed a school board’s decision to dismiss a tenured teacher for failure to comply with a notice to remedy. This case confirms that while school boards have...more

California Court: School Districts Cannot Prevent Posting of Videos of Open Board Meetings

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Our friends over at the EdLawConnectBlog in California published a blog about an interesting case from the Golden State that school leaders from across the country may find interesting. The case addressed whether school...more

2015 Legislative Update: Summary Of Changes In School Law

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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

Illinois Appellate Court Decisions Addresses Important Student Discipline and Employment Issues for Public Schools

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this month, the Illinois Appellate Court (First District) issued an opinion addressing a number of important student discipline and executive employment issues. Because the Appellate Court agreed with the trial court...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

PAC Opinion Finds Municipal Bank Account Numbers Subject to FOIA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this year, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued an under-the-radar advisory opinion that could have an impact on responses to Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to the non-binding...more

Illinois Passes Legislation Curbing Out-of-School Disciplinary Practices

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On August 24, 2015, Governor Rauner signed into law Public Act 99-456. The Act requires school districts and charter schools to overhaul their discipline policies and is aimed at reducing the incidence of out-of-school...more

ISBE Issues Guidance and Forms Regarding Vaccination Religious Exemptions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On Tuesday, the Illinois State Board of Education issued guidance on recent changes to immunization requirements for students. As we reported last week, recent legislation requires a new meningitis vaccine for sixth and...more

PAC Rules on Two OMA Cases

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued two non-binding opinions in July related to the Open Meetings Act (OMA). In one opinion, the PAC found that a school district did not violate the OMA when...more

PAC Rules Collective Bargaining Preparatory Meetings are Subject to OMA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In a non-binding opinion, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) held that a school district violated the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when the board’s negotiations team, which included three board members, held a meeting to discuss...more

Deliberate Indifference to Bullying Can Amount to Massive Liability – Lessons from the Pine Bush Settlement

$4.48 million. That’s how much the Pine Bush School District in central-New York just agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of current and former students who alleged that school administrators were...more

PAC Upholds Board Action: No OMA Violation for Private Emails

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In June, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued a non-binding opinion holding that board members of a school district did not violate the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when partaking in intermittent private email exchanges...more

Laid-Off Chicago Teachers Clear Class Certification Hurdles

by Carlton Fields on

In 2011, the Board of Education of the City of Chicago laid off over 1,400 teachers and paraprofessionals, all of whom belonged to the same union. The Board chose which schools would be subject to layoffs and it was then up...more

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

by Barry Fagan on

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

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