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Dazed and Confused: A Look at Medical Marijuana and Ontario Schools

As the Canadian medical marijuana industry continues to expand and evolve at a rapid pace, unintended gaps have begun to appear across a wide spectrum of legislation. One such gap currently exists in the Ontario school system...more

2016 New York Legislative Session Preview

With the delivery of the State of the State address and budget presentation on January 13, the New York legislative session finally began in earnest. As it does every year, the Governor's budget broadly outlines a roadmap for...more

School Districts: APPR in New York, Just Like the Weather…If You Don’t Like it, Wait a Minute, it Will Change (2/16)

Almost six years ago, New York State passed Education Law § 3012-c, which fundamentally altered classroom teacher and principal evaluations, requiring for the first time that student performance and assessment be a main...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly had a very active second week of session, although much of the deliberation occurred primarily in the various subcommittees and committees. A few highlights are as follows...more

U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Issues Joint Policy Letter On Improving School-Based Health

The United States Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) recently issued a joint policy letter emphasizing the importance of improving school-based health through the use of partnerships...more

Commentary on CCJEF v. Rell: An Important New Chapter in the Saga of School Funding in Connecticut

Earlier this month, trial court proceedings started in the landmark case, Connecticut Coalition on Justice in Education Funding v. Rell. The plaintiffs, several students in various towns and a coalition of towns, filed suit...more

News from Second and State

With only the Senate in Harrisburg for session, this was a rather quiet week at the Capitol. Although we expected the Senate to pass the Fiscal Code bill, H.B. 1327 (Peifer-Pike) and send it to the Governor, the Bill remains...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly reconvened for the second regular session of the 121st General Assembly last Tuesday. The Senate mourned the loss of Senator Billy O’Dell (R-Abbeville) who passed away unexpectedly the...more

Safe Havens: Preventing Student Sexual Abuse Starts With You

School districts have legal and ethical obligations to promote safe and healthy environments in which students can thrive. Victims of childhood sexual abuse experience myriad adverse health and educational outcomes. School...more

B.C. Government Announces Next Steps in #BCTECH Strategy to Bolster Technology Sector

The B.C. government has announced a multi-year #BCTECH Strategy to bolster the vibrant technology sector in B.C. Following the announcement of the C$100-million B.C. Tech Fund in December 2015 aimed at advancing the first...more

Governor Deal gives State of the State Address

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal sketched out his legislative agenda for the new year in a Wednesday speech before a joint session of the General Assembly, telling legislators that major education funding reform would not come...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week

Dear Legal Mailbag: I don’t always exercise the best judgment when writing emails, and I have a lamentable tendency to respond in haste and repent at leisure. However, I think that I have come up with a great way to...more

Those Who Fail to Learn from History Are Doomed to Repeat It

In March 2014, Haight Brown & Bonesteel provided a client advisory for California public school districts concerning Assembly Bill ("AB") 1266 which allowed students to participate in sex- segregated school programs (i.e....more

News from Second and State – Budget Update

It was all budget all the time this week, but it seems to have been to very little or no avail. Despite procedural maneuvers by the House Republicans intended to advance a budget package, the likes of which would require a...more

A School Facilities Bond For 2016: Good News For Everyone

Over the last 15 years, California’s population has grown by approximately 5 million people—the same number filling the entire state of Colorado. This influx has created a housing shortage that the California market has...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 12/18/15

Dear Legal Mailbag: I understand that success as a principal depends on support from the parent community. Unfortunately, I have never been accused of being charming. Originally published in the CAS Weekly NewsBlast...more

Let My Field Trips Go

A Lansing high school field trip to Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory was just cancelled and the school is blaming this on the Bureau of Industry and Security. According to the school,...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week

As a high school administrator, from time to time I have to attend expulsion hearings. It is an unpleasant but necessary part of my job, and most hearings run smoothly because the student admits to his or her misconduct....more

School Data Privacy: Challenges and Best Practices

Schools collect, maintain, use and disclose a large amount of sensitive information of students and employees, including educational records, Social Security numbers, health plan information and health care records (medical,...more

High School Football Players Dying on the Field

If your child is a high school athlete, how much attention do you need to pay to the risks of serious and fatal sports-related injuries? A recent article in Reuters reported on the death of a New Jersey high school football...more

SEE YOU IN COURT – November 2015

Negotiations with the Nutmeg Union of Teachers (NUTS) went better than usual this year. NUTS did not waste a lot of time trying to usurp management rights, and it focused instead on the bread-and-butter issues of salary and...more

School Districts: New Continuing Education and Registration Requirements Still on the Horizon for 2016-2017 (11/15)

In the same budget bill that enacted Education Law § 3012-d, the State legislature also statutorily codified substantive requirements in an area that has, up until now, been under the exclusive purview of the Commissioner of...more

Failure To Disclose Tax Returns Results In Rescission Of Back Pay Award

In the Matter of Arbitration between Hollidaysburg School District and AFSCME Council 83 (June 30, 2015). Arbitrator rescinds back pay award after Grievant refuses to turn over tax records to verify that she did not receive...more

OCR Finds Title IX Violation for School District’s Prohibition of Transgender Student’s Use of Locker Room

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently concluded that a public school district in Illinois violated Title IX both by prohibiting a transgender high school student from using the locker...more

Three Things You Need To Know: School Ordered To Allow Girls' Locker Room Access To Transgender Student

Should anatomically male transgender high school students who identify as female be allowed to use female locker rooms? In what has been described as a “momentous” decision, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights...more

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