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Appellate Court Determines that Student Handbook is not a Contract

In Mulvey v. Carl Sandberg High School et al., a family sued its school district and various district officials and coaches alleging breach of contract for the District’s alleged failure to enforce the anti-bullying policies...more

Municipalities Must Pay Refunds from Dissolved TIF Districts

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld a trial court’s ruling that property tax refunds from a dissolved TIF District must be paid by the municipality, not by the other affected taxing agencies. The case, Village of...more

A Reminder To Be Careful With Ex-Employees And Confidential Information

A lot of companies rely on retired and otherwise former employees for information in litigation – including product liability litigation. Particularly where a product (such as a drug that’s now gone generic) has a long...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2016 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: - I am an avid fan of free legal advice, and I read your Legal Mailbag column whenever it appears. You answered a question last week about an FOIA request concerning the written evaluations of a...more

Does Releasing an Internal Investigation Report Always Trigger a Subject Matter Privilege Waiver?

One might think that a corporation or government entity would always trigger a subject matter privilege waiver by disclosing an internal investigation report. But subject matter waiver risks have been receding. In Hawa...more

Washington Supreme Court Creates Bright-Line Rule - Postemployment Communications Between Former Employees and Corporate Counsel...

The Washington Supreme Court held in a 5-4 vote that attorney-client privilege does not apply to communications between corporate counsel and former corporate employees, even if the communications concern what the employees...more

Attorney General (PAC) Deems RIF Joint Committee for Teacher Placement Subject to OMA

The Public Access Counselor (PAC) division of the Attorney General’s Office recently held that the reduction in force joint committee (the “Joint Committee”) was subject to the requirements of the Open Meetings Act (OMA)....more

I Meant What I Said: Transgender Student Rights In Connecticut In The Face Of The Latest Federal Court Developments

As we have previously written, the United States Departments of Education and Justice issued joint guidance for school districts regarding transgender students via a May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague Letter.” This guidance was...more

California’s Fall Legislation Report: A Rundown of the Most Significant New Employment Laws

The California legislature and governor showed no signs of slowing down this year and enacted a long list of new employment laws. Below is a list of the most significant laws affecting private sector employers....more

National Anthem Protests: How Should Educational Institutions Respond?

Picture this scenario at your school: parents, students, and fans fill the stands on the night of the big game. The marching band takes the field, but as it begins to play the national anthem, the football team’s star player...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - California school district to save millions - Solar Industry Magazine - Sep 29 - The Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) in California and SunPower Corp. have announced...more

Privacy Tip #54 – Keep Student Data Safe

In the past few years, we have seen the explosion of “big data,” “data analytics,” “data aggregation,” “predictive modeling,” and “data breaches.” None of these terms existed when I graduated from law school. We have...more

Lease-Leaseback Legislation Signed Into Law

California School District Construction Projects Will be Impacted - The lease-leaseback construction delivery method for K-12 school facilities projects changed under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown....more

Construction Update: What Every School District Should Have On Its Radar Screen!

By now you may have read in the newspaper or heard through the grapevine that one of our Michigan public school districts was forced to shut down several of its elementary schools following a State Fire Marshal's order, for...more

New York Court Finds Schools Not Constitutionally Underfunded

On September 19, 2016, an Albany, New York trial court in Maisto v. New York rejected plaintiffs’ claims that the state was constitutionally underfunding eight small-city school districts. Stinson Leonard Street attorneys...more

Second Circuit Holds IDEA Eligibility Does Not Automatically Result in Section 504/ADA Eligibility; Practical Implications Are Not...

The Second Circuit held that the parents failed to establish their claim “[b]ecause, as a matter of law, an IDEA disability does not necessarily constitute a disability under the ADA for Section 504.” Id. The court...more

Environmental and Energy and School Districts: Testing Water for Lead Contamination Now Mandatory for New York State Schools –...

On September 6, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.8158/A.10740) that now requires every school district and board of cooperative educational services (collectively referred to as "school districts" or...more

No Recess - The Importance of Post-Issuance Compliance Policies and Procedures for New York State School Districts

Tax-exempt bonds and notes, the interest on which is exempt from federal income taxation, are routinely issued by school districts across New York State to finance a wide variety of capital projects and to refinance existing...more

Get Ready for the Changing Landscape of Expulsions

The legislature, this year, put in place significant changes relative to the expulsion of students which will supposedly go into effect on August 15, 2017. Assuming that the legislature leaves intact these changes during the...more

Arbitration Award Reinstating Teacher Charged With “Grooming” of Student Reversed by Court

Cornwall – Lebanon School District v. Cornwall – Lebanon Education Association, Court of Common Pleas of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania No. 2015-01556 (April 21, 2016). Common Pleas Court vacates Arbitrator’s award reinstating...more

Zoning Law Applicable to School Districts Signed into Law

On August 25, 2016, Governor Rauner signed into law Public Act 99-890, which is the result of an effort by the education community to temper the effect of the recent Supreme Court decision in Gurba v. Community High School...more

Teacher Retirement Board Issues Revised Guidelines for the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

On June 29, 2016, the Teacher Retirement Board (“TRB”) issued new guidance concerning the reemployment of retired teachers. One of the new and significant guidelines for post-retirement employment concerned the application of...more

Don’t Picture This: The FOIA And The Use Of Smartphones As A Substitute For Paying For Copies

Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] generally permits public agencies to charge for copies (usually, $0.50/page) when complying with FOIA requests. One exception to this fee requirement is that an individual may...more

Is it the End of Lease-Leasebacks as We Know it?

TEOTWAWKI. The end of the world as we know it. For K-12 school construction contractors it could well be. Although their acronym would likely be TEOLLAWKI. The end of lease-leasebacks as we know it....more

Information Security and Privacy Group News: Is Your Student Information Adequately Protected?

Recently, educational institutions have become targets for hackers and the victims of significant data breach incidents. No institution is invincible from attack. Within the last two years, preeminent universities such as...more

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