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Family of Deceased Teen Files Wrongful Death Claim Against School

The parents of Kendrick Johnson are seeking unspecified monetary damages in the latest development in a case that was widely reported in early 2013. Johnson, 17, was found in a rolled-up gym mat in his high school gymnasium,...more

Update: District Court Finds First Amendment Does Not Protect Former Guidance Counselor’s Sexually-Explicit Book

The Northern District Court of Illinois found that Rich Township High School District 227 did not violate the free speech rights of former guidance counselor and girls’ basketball coach Bryan Craig when it dismissed him based...more

Warning-Your E-mail Just Became a Meeting: Mauer v. Member, Board of Education, Regional School District No. 1 and The Dangers of...

Often times, I will warn school board members against the use of e-mail to conduct board business. My primary concern is that such e-mails could be deemed to constitute an illegal un-noticed/non-public meeting, in violation...more

The FOIA and Superintendent Evaluations: Toensing and The Various Components of The Evaluation

When evaluating superintendents of schools, school boards usually seek to synthesize the views of individual board members into a collective voice for the board. In Toensing v. Chairman, All Boards Chairs Committee, Regional...more

Attorney General Finds School Board Closed Session Discussion Of Demolition Of School Building Violated Open Meetings Act

Last month, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion finding that the Board of Education of Springfield School District 186 improperly discussed the planned demolition of a...more

OCR Clarifies Dear Colleague Letter On Students With Disabilities In Extracurricular Athletics

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently replied to a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) seeking clarification on OCR’s January 25, 2013 Dear Colleague Letter on students...more

LCFF Update

On November 7th, the State Board of Education (“SBE”) met to review proposed regulations implementing the “proportionality requirement” and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (“LCAP”) framework under the Local Control...more

Court Finds Board Of Education And District Employees Immune From Liability For Claims Related To District’s Response To Bullying

The Illinois Appellate Court recently held that a superintendent, principal, and board of education were immune from liability for a parent’s claims regarding the alleged bullying of her daughter. In Hascall v. Williams,...more

Argument Report: Who Gets to Appeal Certification as a Pollution Control Facility?

A major taxpayer files 28 separate applications seeking certification of various systems, methods, devices and facilities as "pollution control facilities" within the meaning of the Property Tax Code. If the applications are...more

New Law Requires School Boards To Adopt Teen Dating Violence Policy

Earlier this month, Governor Quinn signed into law Public Act 098-0190, which amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act to require all school boards to develop and adopt a policy on teen...more

PK Law Attorneys Successfully Defend Charles County Board Against Multi-Million Dollar Wage and Hour Lawsuit

In a wage and hour class action suit that was filed in Maryland’s federal district court, bus drivers and bus assistants sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S. C. Section 201 et seq., for back-pay,...more

Board Candidate Files Suit After State’s Attorney Serves Quo Warranto Action

In Parker v. Lyons, 2013 WL 1624336 (C.D. Ill. 2013), a candidate filed a nominating petition with the requisite number of signatures and was later served with a quo warranto action by the State’s Attorney. The quo warranto...more

Religious Institutions Update: February 2013

Last February, at the request of Senate Finance Committee member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations was formed to address tax-related policy questions of import...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

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