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Justice Department Files Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that the board discriminated against pregnant teachers at Scammon Elementary School by subjecting...more

Whistleblower Takes Next Step in Lawsuit Against Philadelphia School District

Four years ago, Francis X. Dougherty was fired after revealing the existence of a $7.5 million no-bid security camera contract within the Philadelphia School District. Now, he has won a major victory in his whistleblower...more

No Need to Mail Process to the Government on a Saturday, Even if the Post Office Is Open

In Wisconsin, a party seeking judicial review of an administrative decision must, within 30 days of service of the agency decision, file a petition for review in the trial court and serve the agency with a copy of the...more

Transgender Student Restroom Assignment Revisited

You may recall my colleague Zachary Schurin’s recent discussion of Doe V. Regional School Unit 26. In that matter, the Maine Supreme Court determined that the defendant school district’s requirement that a transgender...more

Assembly Bill 2073 - Does the New Law Allowing Alcoholic Beverages on School Campuses Create More Problems Than It Solves?

I. Assembly Bill 2073 On August 22, 2014, Assembly Bill 2073 authored by Assembly Member Frank Bigelow was signed by Governor Brown and will become law effective January 1, 2015. Existing law generally prohibits the...more

What’s on the Horizon in the Golden State?

As we near the turn of the year into 2015, organizations should keep an eye on laws taking effect on the West Coast. This year, the crop of new privacy statutes includes a few without precedent anywhere in the country. The...more

New State Act Increases Background Check Requirements for School Employees and Volunteers

In the flurry of activity before the end of the legislative session in October, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed and Governor Thomas Corbett signed into law Act 153 of 2014, that amended the state Child Protective Services...more

EuGH: Befristete Vertretungen in der Schule nicht unbegrenzt möglich

Es entspricht in Deutschland üblicher Praxis, dass im Schulbereich zur Vertretung kranker Lehrkräfte oder solcher, die sich in Mutterschutz oder Elternzeit befinden, befristete Arbeitsverträge abgeschlossen werden. Diese...more

Is the CHRO Expanding its Reach into Schools and Police Actions?

I recently attended a meeting where Charles Krich, the Principal Attorney for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”), spoke about the future of the agency. Attorney Krich stated that the agency...more

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Sufficient Communication Modalities

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and the U.S. Department of Justice distributed a joint Dear...more

Student Injury Case: Did the Governmental Immunity Defense Just Get Weaker?

Predictable horseplay and a metal locker with an exposed, jagged and rusty edge may be enough evidence for a jury to conclude that school officials had a “clear and unequivocal duty to act immediately to prevent harm” to...more

Student Health & Safety and Discipline Related Legislative Changes

This update of student health & safety and discipline related legislative changes is issued by Kronick as part of a series of Legal Alerts about new education related laws from this latest 2014 legislative session. All laws...more

How to project gainful employment rates - Part 1

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Education promulgated its new “gainful employment” or “GE” regulations. As we discussed in a prior post, the new rules apply to all programs offered by for-profit, proprietary...more

Murphy School District No. 21 to Pay $138,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Federal Agency Says School Used Retirement Plans That Were Facially Discriminatory - PHOENIX -- Murphy School District No. 21 used an early retirement incentive plan which granted greater economic benefits to employees...more

A Bridge To Somewhere: Public Private Partnerships and America's Infrastructure Dilemma

Deferring infrastructure investment is not a viable option. Studies show that deferring timely maintenance, repair, and replacement can greatly increase the total cost of infrastructure repairs by a ratio of 15:1 to more than...more

Child Abuse and Neglect Mandated Reporter Training Will Be Mandatory Starting January 1, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, AB 1432 requires school districts, county offices of education, state special schools and diagnostic centers operated by the State Department of Education, and charter schools to provide annual...more

Conduct Unbecoming: Disciplining Educators For Non-School-Related Behavior

The involvement of a Connecticut middle school Principal and a middle school Guidance Counselor in the writing and production of films the media has described as being replete with female nudity, violence and sexually...more

Teacher And School Civil Liability For Sexual Abuse Of A Student

B. (A.) v. D. (C.), [2011] B.C.J. No. 1087, 2011 BCSC 775, per Gray J. [3851] The plaintiff AB sued a teacher CD and the Board of School Trustees of District EF with respect to alleged sexual abuse she claimed to have...more

Let’s Go To The Videotape: Can School Security Videos Be Subject To Disclosure Under FOIA?

School districts usually deny requests to view school video recordings, such as security tapes, in light of concerns about the privacy rights of students featured on these recordings. In a recent decision, the Freedom of...more

Florida High Court to Decide Duties Owed by Public School Regarding Automated External Defibrillator

On October 6, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case involving whether a public school owes a duty to maintain, make available, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a student athlete who...more

School Districts: Recent Health Related Legislation Affecting Schools (11/14)

Governor Cuomo recently signed two health related bills affecting schools into law. The first, codified under Education Law § 305(52) and signed on October 21, 2014, went into effect immediately. The law directs the...more

Searching Student Smart Phones in The Wake of Riley V. California

In the recent, landmark case of Riley v. California, the United States Supreme Court held that the police may not search digital data on the cell phone of an arrestee without a warrant, reasoning that smart phones not only...more

Use of School Grounds for Campaign and Election Activities

The Education Code and the Courts Have Established Rules and Regulations for Campuses - With the election just days away, school superintendents, board members, administrators and principals are often confronted with...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on Halloween this year. A complete coincidence, but I do hope that nothing in this term’s opinions has scares you! This term resulted in two cases related to...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - October 2014

In this issue: - FTC Recommends Improved Transparency and Security in Mobile Shopping Apps - Appellate Courts to Address What Constitutes an "Automatic Telephone Dialing System" Under the TCPA -...more

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