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Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision in Munn v. Hotchkiss

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Friday, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Munn v. Hotchkiss School, the case involving a private school student who contracted tick-borne encephalitis on a school-sponsored trip to China. In...more

Medical Marijuana on Campus: Barbuto's Impact on School Policies Banning Drug Use

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC that an employee's use of medical marijuana to treat a qualified disability may be a reasonable accommodation under...more

Changes to New York State Education Department Procedural Safeguards Notice for Parents of Children with Disabilities

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The New York State Education Department (SED) recently issued a memorandum requiring school districts to begin using a revised “New York State Education Department Procedural Safeguards Notice - Rights for Parents of Children...more

Compliance with Today’s Anti-Discrimination Laws Through a History Lesson

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Over the weekend, I was doing a lot of driving. Having a kid at camp near the New Hampshire border to pick him up will do that. So, it was time for me to catch up on some podcasts I had downloaded but hadn’t yet listened...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – August, 2017

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Dear Legal Mailbag: I hope that you are having a nice summer. As a new principal of a big elementary school, I was enjoying mine, but now I need your help. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter - August 2,...more

Education Newsletter: Volume 1, Number 2

by Dickinson Wright on

House Bill 2078 (signed April 17, 2017) - This bill restructures post-secondary credit system for high school students. Unlike dual enrollment programs, a student enrolled in concurrent coursework will attend regular...more

Public Education Under Attack in Florida

Imagine a world in which public education did not exist. A world in which children did not have schools to attend. A world in which the future generation could not obtain a diploma. It is hard to imagine such a world, as the...more

See You In Court! - July/August 2017

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It was a tough budget season in Nutmeg, and the Board of Education was forced to make difficult cuts just to start the new year with a balanced budget. To make matters worse, Town officials are whispering about possibly...more

Sharp Pencil Not a Weapon Under Pennsylvania School Code

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

S.A. v. Pittsburgh Pub. Sch. Dist., 2017 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 152 (Pa. Commw. Ct. May 1, 2017). Summary and Factual Background - S.A. was a 10th grade student at Barack Obama International Academy, a high school in the...more

New Legislation Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Earlier this month, the Governor signed Public Act 17-220 (House Bill 7276), which contains a number of provisions aimed at providing “mandate relief” to boards of education. Section 5 of Public Act 17-220, effective July 1,...more

Connecticut State Department of Education Releases Lists of Due Process Hearing Officer and Mediators and New Process for...

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

After an extensive interview and hiring process, the Connecticut State Department of Education (“CSDE”), Bureau of Special Education, released last week the list of new mediators and current due process hearing officers. The...more

IDEA Exhaustion is Alive and Well: Applying Fry in Graham v. Friedlander

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has issued what might be the first decision in the country applying the United States Supreme Court’s recent test for determining whether a party is required to exhaust the administrative...more

Are You Ready for August 1st?

by Clark Hill PLC on

The 2017/2018 school year is fast approaching and so are two very important deadlines. By August 1, 2017, school districts, intermediate school districts and public school academies are required to have policies in place...more

Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty

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The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is presenting the following symposium. This is a free presentation open to the public. ...more

Federal Court Allows Title IX Claim to Proceed Based Upon Allegations That Student Harassed By Peers for Failure to Conform to...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Russell Bittendender, et ux. v. Bangor Area School District, Case No. 15-6465 (E.D. Pa. 2017). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused to dismiss a complaint alleging that a school...more

Digital Disruptions: Handling Social Media Misuse By Students And Educators

by Fisher Phillips on

Beginning with the launch of Myspace and Facebook in the early part of the last decade, social media communication has taken the world by storm. Today, social media networking is the primary means of communicating about one’s...more

New Federal Regulations for Schools - Clarifies Language and Requirements Related to Special Education

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education published regulations to implement Rosa’s Law, legislation enacted in 2010 to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in federal laws. These laws include...more

Investigating Sexual Assaults at School: Changes on the Horizon

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

We are closely monitoring the U.S. Department of Education’s policy guidance concerning investigations of sexual assaults and sexual violence on school campuses, applicable to both K-12 and higher education institutions...more

Special Education Tip – IDEA Does Not Provide for Summer Exceptions – 56-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

IDEA Does Not Provide for Summer Exceptions - Last week, Tips reviewed the necessity of complying with the 5-day rule for documents during the summer months. Another rule without a summer exception is the rule to have...more

Special Education Tip - The 5-Day Rule Applies in the Summer, Too - 55-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The 5-Day Rule Applies in the Summer, Too, Even if Your Staff is Under the Boardwalk - This is such a difficult time of year to hold IEP team meetings. School is out and staff leave town. But IEP team meetings continue...more

Baker-Polito Administration Supports Clean Energy Education with $960,000 in STEM Learning Grants

On June 22, 2017 the Baker-Polito Administration announced $960,000 in grants for STEM and clean energy learning programs for six Massachusetts high schools to help direct students towards STEM higher education majors and...more

Connecticut Independent Schools Required to Perform Background Checks on Potential Employees Effective July 1, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In 2016, Connecticut passed legislation that significantly expanded the scope of background check requirements for public schools when hiring new employees. That law, colloquially referred to as the “Pass the Trash” bill,...more

Office of Open Records Holds That School Videos Depicting Student In An Altercation Is Not An Educational Record Of The Student...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Hawkins v. Central Dauphin School District, AP 2016-0583, 2016 PA O.O.R.D. LEXIS 760. The Office of Open Records reverses its earlier decision and holds that a video from a school bus video system showing an altercation...more

Feds Align IDEA Regulations with ESSA Requirements

by Barley Snyder on

With changes to other federal regulations, the U.S. Department of Education needed to do some updating of its own rules. That came Friday morning, when the department issued final regulations under Part B and C of the...more

Rebel Without A Stall: Title IX, Transgender Student Rights and Whitaker v. Kenosha

When the Trump Administration short-circuited the United States Supreme Court’s review of Gloucester v. G.G., in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit had held that Title IX’s protections extend to...more

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