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Illinois Appellate Court: School District Not Immune From Liability For Student Fall In “Cafetorium”

The Illinois Appellate Court recently determined that the fact that a school’s “Cafetorium” was used for parties and ceremonies for sports teams and school band, chorus, and drama program performances did not make the...more

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notification Statute

On April 10, 2014, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed H.B. 232 into law, making Kentucky the 47th state to enact data breach notification legislation. Prior to H.B. 232, Kentucky was one of only four states—including...more

SDNY Dismisses False Claims Act Complaint, Finding Relators Misconstrued Medicaid Program Legal Framework

A False Claims Act case against the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) was dismissed on March 25, the district court holding that Medicaid providers (such as school districts that provide health services) cannot...more

Recording Special Education Team Meetings: Three Reasons Why Your School District Should Have a Written Policy

The audio recording of special education team meetings [“PPTs”] by parents and advocates has become a relatively accepted and common practice. Technically, school districts are only obligated to permit the recording of such...more

School Facilities

KMTG continues our series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated. School Facilities: Sale of Surplus Real Property; Return of State...more

New Law Restricts Ability of School Districts to Issue Capital Appreciation Bonds

KMTG continues our series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated....more

Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption

We recently posted about the Legislature’s recent amendment to the RPTL 458-a Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. From what we have seen and heard, most school districts statewide have determined not to pass the law by March 1,...more

Look Out For Upcoming Spring Deadlines For School Districts

Spring brings a host of deadlines school districts should keep in mind. Here are some important dates for school leaders to mark on their calendars....more

“Mind Your Own Business”- The Connecticut Supreme Court Limits Challenges to Licensing and Certification Decisions by Public...

In a much ballyhooed case, certain residents and taxpayers of the City of Bridgeport brought a “quo warranto” action in the courts, challenging the qualifications of the City’s Superintendent of Schools (Paul Vallas) to hold...more

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal Of School District’s Claim Against Its Architect

The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued a decision in Gillespie Community Unit School District No. 7 v. Wight & Company that upholds the dismissal of the District’s claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against its...more

Court Upholds School District’s Transfer Of Money From Working Cash Fund

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld a lower court’s decision to strike down challenges to a school district’s use of its working cash fund. This case builds upon a recent amendment to the Working Cash Fund Article of...more

Brown Act Amendment Now Requires Recordation of Actions Taken During Open Sessions

Senate Bill 751 amends Government Code section 54953 to require the legislative body of a local agency to publicly report any action taken and the vote or abstention on that action of each member present for the action. This...more

Encinitas Contemplates Eminent Domain for School District Property

It's not too often you see one government agency threaten another agency with eminent domain. But it does happen. A recent article by Barbara Henry in the U-T San Diego, Encinitas has few options on Pacific View site,...more

What School Leaders Really Should Know About The Department Of Education’s Guidance On Discriminatory Discipline

Last week, the Department of Education issued a guidance package to help schools administer student discipline without discriminating against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The issue of...more

School Districts: New York State Allows School Districts The Option To Offer Significant Real Property Tax Exemption To Veterans...

In December of 2013, the New York State Legislature expanded Real Property Tax Law ("RPTL") Section 458-a. As originally enacted in the 1980s, RPTL Section 458-a provided a partial exemption from county, city, town and...more

No Immunity for School Counselor Who Disclosed Report on Suspected Child Abuse to Unauthorized Person

A mother sued a school counselor and a school district after the counselor gave a copy of a suspected child abuse report (“SCAR”) which indicated the mother abused their children, to the noncustodial father. A trial court...more

Education Code Section 56041 Requires the District of the Parents' Residence to Provide Special Education Services to Eligible...

Pursuant to a request for a state law decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court has interpreted Education Code section 56041 to say that the district of the parents' residence is...more

Construction Law Insight: Minnesota Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Contractors In Government Data Practices Act Case

On November 20, 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Helmberger v. Johnson Controls, Inc. The Court ruled in favor of Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) and its subcontractor,...more

Pennsylvania Seeks To Expand P3s to Local Governments and School Districts

In 2012, Pennsylvania joined the growing list of states with legislation authorizing public-private partnership (P3) projects. Pennsylvania’s P3 legislation related specifically to transportation projects. Recently,...more

Students in Foster Care Benefit from Urgency Legislation - Effective Immediately, AB 216 Modifies Graduation Requirements and...

Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law Assembly Bill 216, an urgency measure designed to further define the standards and procedures for exempting pupils in foster care from local graduation requirements. The new law...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Appeals from a Pollution Control Facility Certification Order

Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in The Board of Education of Roxana Community Unit School District No. 1 v. The Pollution Control Board, which presents an important question of...more

2013 Legislative Update: Summary Of Changes In School Law

In This Issue: - ADMINISTRATION ..Hazing ..Firearm Concealed Carry Act ..School Safety Drills ..Medical Insurance for Interscholastic Athletes ..Insurance ..Duties of a Principal ...more

Ninth Circuit Says Schools May Discipline Students Whose Off-Campus Speech Threaten Classmates

Ruling Strengthens Ability of School Districts to Suspend and Expel Students to Protect Students and Staff - Recognizing the increasing difficulties school administrators face in evaluating potential threats of...more

California Assembly Bill 1266

Since the Governor signed AB 1266, school districts and other education agencies have been inundated with questions from the media, parents, and students about what the new law means to the schools. This Legal Alert is...more

Mixed Results in California Student Performance on State Standardized Testing

Last week the California Department of Education ("CDE") issued a news release announcing the results of the California High School Exit Exam ("CAHSEE") and the Standardized Testing and Reporting ("STAR")....more

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