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Ohio Districts Must Release Names of Substitutes Used During Strike If There Is No Current Threat

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on March 25, that the names of substitute teachers who work during a teachers’ strike are public record, but qualified its decision to account for real-time threats to the replacement...more

April 1 Deadline for Posting School Board Member E-Mail Addresses Online Approaches

As we reported in our 2014 Legislative Update, a recent law requires every school district that maintains a traditional website to post on that website a mechanism for members of the public to electronically communicate with...more

Crying Over (Virtual) Spilled Milk: ACLU Sues School District For Firing Employee Who Posted Vegan Beliefs Online

A recent lawsuit out of Ohio brings a local flare to what has otherwise become a relatively common story. We’ve all heard of teachers being disciplined or dismissed for posting something thoughtless online that led to...more

Two California School Districts Do the Right Thing and Avoid Brown Act Violations by Rescheduling Meetings

Two Santa Ynez Valley school districts recently postponed their monthly board meetings after it was discovered that both districts failed to post their meeting agendas online 72 hours in advance, as required by the Brown Act....more

Franczek Radelet Files Amicus Brief in “Bleacher Case”

The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), and the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) recently retained Franczek Radelet to prepare an...more

12 Legal Mistakes to Avoid in Terms of Service for Online Educational Services and Apps

A classroom teacher comes across a promising online educational service or application that she wants to use with her students and comes to you to make sure it’s legally appropriate. The service or app would collect and use...more

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

A Moment of Simple Justice - Vaccines [Video]

Mar. 17, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- With more and more people hopping on the anti-vaccination bandwagon, Scott wonders if this is an instance where parents' constitutional rights should take a back seat to public safety....more

Illinois Schools Face Tough Decisions in Combating Cyber-bullying

Illinois, like most states, has a law that addresses school districts’ responsibilities for addressing bullying in schools. With the growing presence of cyber-bullying, as of January 1, 2015, Illinois modified section 27-23.7...more

Are liability waivers that are signed by a parent on behalf of a minor enforceable?

Yes, according to an Order by US District Judge Louise W. Flanagan in Kelly et al v. USA. However, the type of activity that the child is engaged in is critical for this question....more

Blog: US Department of Education’s New Data Privacy Guidance: Why It Matters

In January 2015, the US Department of Education has issued an advisory to all elementary and secondary schools on data privacy and security issues to be considered in negotiating agreements with online service providers or...more

The California Public Employment Relations Board Broadly Construes Protected Activity Under Educational Employment Relations Act

The Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB") in Crowell v. Berkeley Unified School District found the anti-retaliation provisions contained in the Educational Employment Relations Act ("EERA"), Cal. Gov. Code § 3540, et...more

ERISA: Sometimes A Government Employee’s Benefits Could Be Governed By ERISA?

You already know that employee benefit plans established by governmental entities are exempt from ERISA. But ERISA might apply if the employee benefit for the government employee is established through an association....more

Common Core Redux: Is There a Solution To The “Opt Out” Debate?

Almost exactly a year ago, my colleagues Michael P. McKeon and Zachary D. Schurin penned a piece on this blog that explored the deceptively simple question of whether parents could “legally” opt their children out of the...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill: 30-Day Amendments

On Friday, February 20, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office released the 30-Day Amendments to the 2015–2016 New York State Executive Budget Legislation (Budget Bill). This year, instead of the usual set of corrections and...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

School District Gets Expensive Lesson on Prompt Payment Law. But Did the Court Get it Right?

My kids don’t like riding in my car. I urge them to look outside the window (I don’t have DVD), suggest that they roll down their windows to get some fresh air (rather than have me turn on the A/C) and persist on...more

It Takes More Than a Village: Protecting Student Privacy in the Age of Big Data

High-profile data breaches and cyber-attacks on well-known brands and businesses have dominated the news cycle for more than a year. Yet during the same time, less visible, but no less important efforts have been made to...more

Facebook Post Lands Teacher in Hot Water

On January 18, 2015, two South Hills High School teachers were arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with students at the beach. According to the Orange County Sherriff’s Department, one of the teachers, Melody...more

Measles Outbreak in Illinois

The current measles cluster in the Chicago area has school districts on heightened alert. Following is a short summary of preventative steps and guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This alert is...more

School’s Out: COPPA’s Limiting Reach in the Classroom

On January 23, 2015, Senior Attorney Lesley Fair at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) posted on the Agency’s business blog clarifying how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) applies to schools. COPPA...more

Construction Alert: School District Flunks Public Contract Code Exam on Withholding Retention

On January 27, 2015, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, affirmed, in part, a hefty trial judgment against the Rio School District for improperly withholding retention funds in the case of FTR International, Inc....more

California School Teacher’s Claim That She Was Fired Due to a Computer Error

Rommel v. Los Angeles Unified School District, No. B253405 (December 5, 2014): In a recent unpublished ruling, the California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s judgment in favor of a school district and against a...more

Illinois Supreme Court Will Review “Bleacher” Case

Last September in this Alert, we discussed an opinion in which the Second District Appellate Court ruled that Community High School District 155 was subject to the zoning regulations of the City of Crystal Lake, a home rule...more

Reminder - Maryland's Prevailing Wage Law for Elementary and Secondary School Construction Projects is in Effect

Maryland's new prevailing wage law for elementary and secondary school construction projects (HB 727/SB 232 from the 2014 General Assembly session) is in effect. This law requires all such construction projects costing more...more

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