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June Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update offers an extensive overview of the major legislation that has recently been introduced on Capitol Hill, as well as the big takeaways from this month’s congressional hearings related to energy...more

Legislature Revises Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirements

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed House Bill 7276, now Public Act 17-220, which contains a number of provisions aimed at providing “mandate relief” to boards of education. Section 5 of Public Act 17-220,...more

Special Education Tip – Put Your Hands Over Your Ears – 54-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Put Your Hands Over Your Ears - It is always a good time to remember what you do not want to hear at IEP team meetings. The following has been heard at recent meetings...more

3 things your school should know about Missouri State Auditor’s emphasis of cybersecurity

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since being appointed in April of 2015, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has consistently made cybersecurity a priority for her office. Ms. Galloway has focused on cybersecurity throughout all components of Missouri...more

Social Media and Student Discipline – Where Are We?

The United States Supreme Court stated nearly 50 years ago that public school students do not shed their rights to free speech at the schoolhouse gate. In Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., the Court struck down...more

Emergency Rule on School Construction Allows Planned Projects to Go Forward

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The 2015 Michigan Building Code, which became effective in April 2017, requires public schools to construct storm shelters capable of accommodating every occupant of a school building in the event of high winds or a tornado....more

OCR Changes Investigation Protocols for Civil Rights Complaints

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Candice Jackson, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, recently provided a “new internal guidance” memorandum to staff that significantly changes the Office...more

Special Education Tip – Let Me Speak My Mind – 53-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Let Me Speak My Mind - If you have a student who requires Assistive Technology (“AT”) (low tech or high tech) to communicate, now is the time to plan staff training in the use of the AT. The AT training should be conducted...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – June, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Originally published in CAS Weekly Newsletter - June 12, 2017. Dear Legal Mailbag: The typical public school nurse today most likely works with several students with severe and/or life threatening conditions that often...more

During Last Week of School Seventh Circuit Rules in Favor of Transgender Teen On Restroom Use

by FordHarrison on

On May 30, 2017, on the heels of the Seventh Circuit’s ground-breaking en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech. College holding that sexual orientation is a protected trait under Title VII, a unanimous three-judge panel of...more

Transgender High School Student Prevails in Bathroom Access Case Before Federal Appellate Court Over Illinois

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In an opinion issued last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of a transgender student who challenged his high school’s decision to limit his access to boys’ communal bathrooms. ...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Likelihood of Success that School’s Bathroom Policy Violates Title IX and Equal Protection Clause

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit affirmed that a transgender student demonstrated a likelihood of success on claims that his school district’s decision to prohibit him from using the boys’ restroom violated both Title...more

Special Education Tip – I Want My Child to Be Like Everyone Else – 52-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

I Want My Child to Be Like Everyone Else - You hear it a lot at IEP and 504 meetings: parents who do not want special transportation, pull-out instruction, or supplementary aids and services because they do not want their...more

Seventh Circuit Title IX Ruling May Impact Transgender Employee Protections

The battles over transgender persons’ civil rights continue nationwide, especially when the controversy involves restroom access. Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a Wisconsin school district...more

AG Healey Issues Guidance to Schools and Health Care Providers on Immigration Enforcement Issues

In the wake of several executive orders on immigration, ICE—the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration laws—has ramped up enforcement activities. As a result, local public school districts and...more

Special Education Tip – The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team – 51-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team - IEP meetings are meant to be collaborative sessions between educators and parents. But sometimes things do not go well. When an educator feels bullied,...more

Special Education Tip – The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming!!! – 50-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming!!! We hear a lot in the news about Russian espionage in connection with national affairs. Of equal interest for readers of Tips is espionage during IEP team meetings. Not...more

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

Saskatchewan will use notwithstanding clause to protect school choice for parents and students - Decision being appealed

by Dentons on

Both defendants have appealed the ruling of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, which held that government funding of non-Catholics in Catholic schools is unconstitutional. The trial judge ruled that the Saskatchewan...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #4

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: Spring is in the air and I am spending the majority of my days at the various PPT and 504 meetings that have come on like a seasonal allergy. But to make matters worse, this is the season when parents...more

CHRO – A New Horizon For Students With Disabilities?

As my colleague Rachel Ginsburg aptly foretold, Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities [“CHRO”] has indicated an interest in involving itself with discrimination claims concerning the schools. A recent...more

When Can a School Search a Student’s Bag?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Last week the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a school’s intrusive search of an unattended bag did not violate a student’s 4th Amendment right to be free from illegal search and seizures because the examination of...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #3

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am new to my position as principal of a small elementary school and, frankly, I am surprised at how low energy my teachers are. It seems to me that they do the absolute minimum whenever they...more

Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance Allowed To Pursue Equal Access Claims

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Carver Middle Sch. Gay-Straight Alliance v. Sch. Bd. of Lake Cnty. Fla., 842 F.3d 1324 (11 Cir., Dec. 6, 2016): A Federal Appellate Court held that a Florida middle school met the definition of a secondary school under the...more

Special Education TIP – 5-Day Rule: MSDE Provides a New Interpretation – 49-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

5-Day Rule: MSDE Provides a New Interpretation - Section 8-405 of the Education Article provides that except when there are extenuating circumstances, at least 5 business days before an IEP team meeting, the school...more

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