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How to Respond to FOIA Requests For Overall Teacher Summative Ratings?

LR-hands-over-laptopkeysIt has come to our attention that certain school districts in Connecticut have already received requests under the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] for access to overall district and school level...more

Appellate Court Decision Raises New Issues in Detachment Petition Proceedings

In 2012, residents of the Lancaster subdivision in Waukegan filed a petition with the Regional Board of School Trustees of Lake County to detach from the boundaries of their current school districts and annex into the...more

School Districts: School Districts’ Response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Under Scrutiny – Is Your District In...

The media stories being published across the nation criticizing schools for their failure to respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence against students serve as a warning to other school districts to consider whether...more

FPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures

"Pro-Active" Approach Already Resulted in Fines for Public Officials - The Fair Political Practices Commission has initiated a proactive approach to auditing and investigating gift reporting failures by government...more

Tax Increment Financing and Tax Abatement Programs: The Part You Play

School districts in Ohio play a very important role in tax increment financing and tax abatement programs. At a minimum, school districts receive notice that a city, county, or township will be approving a property tax...more

Proposed Transgender Student-Athlete Policy Sparks Public Controversy in Minnesota

It looks like transgender students in Minnesota will have to wait a few more months to receive clarity on whether they can participate in school athletics and play on sports teams based on their preferred gender identity...more

How to Respond to FOIA Requests For Overall Teacher Summative Ratings?

It has come to our attention that certain school districts in Connecticut have already received requests under the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] for access to overall district and school level summative ratings of all...more

Policy Revisions Due to New Laws

This Alert is intended to give a general explanation of 2014 legislative enactments of the Connecticut General Assembly that may impact your board of education policies. For more detailed and individualized assistance with...more

School Board Taught a Costly Lesson: Court Upholds Reinstatement with 10 Years of Back Pay

Ms. Fair was employed by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (the “Board”) from 1988 to 2004, when her employment was terminated. During her employment, Ms. Fair had developed a psychiatric disorder, namely,...more

Cutting the BS(A): California's Prop 2 Re the Budget Stabilization Account

In our second blog examining the propositions we'll be seeing on the election ballot November 4th, we'll take a look at California's Proposition 2, or the Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act (formerly known as Proposition...more

Summary Of 2014 Connecticut Legislative Enactments Affecting The Public Schools And Public-Sector Employers

The Connecticut General Assembly enacted a number of changes in its 2014 session. The following summary provides an overview of the legislative enactments that have had, or will have an impact on Connecticut schools and...more

Illinois Court: Municipal Zoning and Stormwater Laws Apply to School District's Construction Project

Much of land use law involves questions over the breadth of local government powers. Today, we're looking at a spat between two units of local government: a municipality and a school board. The decision in Gurba v....more

Yes, Indeedy. Competitive Bidding Not Required for School District Lease-Leasebacks

Remember when you discovered that the tooth fairy wasn’t real? It was kind of a bummer on one hand learning that it wasn’t a fairy that magically appeared to swap your tooth for cold hard cash, but rather your mom or,...more

Use Of Police Reports By School District In The Aftermath Of The Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling

Police reports are a practical tool for school districts in investigating (and countering) both student and employee misconduct. The Connecticut Supreme Court has resolved an intense debate about what law enforcement...more

Residency and “Illegal Alien Status” Are Not Mutually Exclusive for School Accommodations: A Friendly Reminder From Washington...

It is worth remembering that when determining if someone is a resident of your school district, the fact that someone may not actually be a legal resident of this nation is irrelevant. In order to underscore this fact, the...more

School District Found to Have Engaged in ‘Bait and Switch’ on Teaching Assistant Unemployment Benefits

In Tameka Gladney v. Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the Mississippi Court of Appeals reinstated a teacher assistant’s unemployment benefits finding that the district had been less than fair to her. At the end...more

California Breaks New Ground in Education Privacy Law with K-12 Student Data Privacy Bill

A substantial rise in schools’ use of online educational technology products has caused educators to become increasingly reliant on these products to develop their curricula, deliver materials to students in real time, and...more

Proposed FERPA Update Would Strengthen Student Data Privacy

On July 30, 2014, two U.S. senators introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act, which would update the sections of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that deal with protecting the privacy of students'...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidelines On Collecting Student Data

This past July, the U.S. Department of Education released the Transparency Best Practices for Schools and Districts, a new set of guidelines created to improve relations between school districts and parents surrounding school...more

Illinois Appellate Court Rules that School Districts are subject to Municipal Zoning

In a strongly worded 42 page decision, the Second District Appellate Court ruled in Gurba v. Community HS Dist. 155, that school districts are subject to the zoning regulations of home rule municipalities. The decision...more

This Year, Schools Face Increased Obligations for Addressing Bullying

Two new laws require school districts and charter schools to reconsider their approach to bullying. The first new bullying law requires school boards and charter schools to make extensive revisions to their bullying policies....more

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services

The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state:...more

DOJ and DOE Warning: School Enrollment Practices Must Not Discourage Enrollment of Immigrant Students

According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, U.S. school districts are discouraging student enrollment based on their parents’ illegal immigrant status. The Departments issued guidance, a frequently asked...more

7th Circuit Rejects Public-Disclosure Bar in Qui Tam Case

In United States ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., No. 12-3383 (7th Cir. July 28, 2014), the Seventh Circuit grappled with this bar on the use of publicly disclosed information, refusing to apply it in a case involving...more

English Teacher’s Blog Post Ruled As Unprotected Speech

A Pennsylvania District Court dismissed teacher Natalie Munroe’s violation of free speech claim against the Central Bucks School District. Ms. Munroe accused the School District and some administrators for violating her free...more

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