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Summertime Blues: T.M. v. Cornwall and The Mainstreaming of Extended-School-Year Programs

In a decision that will likely result in both practical challenges and financial burdens for public school districts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in T.M. v. Cornwall Central School District...more

ISBE Publishes Proposed Rules on State Model Evaluation Plan

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently published its proposed regulations containing the State Performance Evaluation Model required under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA). PERA specifically...more

Not My Brother’s Keeper: Varley v. Regional School District No. 4 and A School District’s Responsibility For “Free Speech” Claims...

When entering into contacts with vendors, school districts hope that 1) the vendor will comply with the law, and 2) in any event, the vendor will be responsible for its own employment-related disputes. In Varley v. Regional...more

SEC Announces First Settled Proceeding Against Municipal Issuer under MCDC Initiative

The SEC announced July 8 its first settled administrative proceeding against a municipal issuer under its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. In its Order, the SEC charged Kings Canyon Joint...more

“Stay Put” Provision still important in filling personnel positions

This time of the year county board of education personnel offices are busy filling both professional and service positions for the fast approaching 2014-15 school year (yeah, it’s hard to believe the school year will be here...more

Illinois Appellate Court: School District’s Subcontracting of Transportation Services is “Part of Bargaining Process” and an...

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District recently found that a school district did not engage in any unfair labor practices when it subcontracted student transportation services to a third-party vendor and...more

Chartering Authority Must Make Findings Supported by Substantial Evidence Showing it Considered Increases in Academic Achievement...

In American Indian Model Schools v. Oakland Unified School District (June 23, 2014, 139652) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the California Court of Appeal recently clarified a charter school may not be revoked unless there is...more

House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Data Mining and Student Privacy

Today, the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a joint...more

Judge Strikes Down California Teacher Tenure Laws as Unconstitutional - Business-as-usual for school districts while ruling is...

California teacher tenure, firing and layoff laws violate the state constitution, a judge has ruled in a closely watched case that may have significant ramifications for school districts, education departments and lawmakers....more

Vergara v. California: Its Real Meaning

The media has missed the fact that Vergara is not primarily a case about tenure....more

Impact of the 'Students First' Decision on Non-Teacher Employees of School Districts

Judge Rolf Treu’s decision in the Students First case is effectively an indictment of the termination process of all California public school employees, not just teachers....more

Vergara v. State of California Exposes Constitutional Flaws In Public Teacher Tenure Laws

A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge ruled Tuesday in Vergara v. State of California that teacher tenure laws in California are unconstitutional because they deprive students of their right to an education under the...more

Are Teacher Tenure and Seniority Really Unconstitutional?

If upheld on appeal, the trial court decision in Vergara v. State of California will make it easier for California school districts to keep new teachers in "at will" probationary status longer, to fire tenured teachers, and...more

School District’s Potential Liability for Bullying Not Limited to Its Own Students

In a case of first impression in New York, a state court has ruled that a school district can face potential liability under the state’s anti-bullying laws, even where the bullying victim is not one of its own...more

Paraprofessional FMLA Regulations Formally Adopted: School Paraprofessionals Will Now Be Eligible For FMLA Leave Once They Have...

On May 12, 2014, the Connecticut Secretary of State’s website posted the Department of Labor’s Family and Medical Leave for School Paraprofessionals final regulations. Under the new regulations, Connecticut school districts...more

School Districts: New York Supreme Court Holds That Public School District May Be Liable For Alleged Bullying Of Private School...

On May 14, 2014, in J.G.S. v. Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, the New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County held that the parents of a minor student could proceed with their lawsuit against the school...more

Federal Court Turns Away School District’s Attorney-Fee Claim

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas has rejected a claim for attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1988(b), which authorizes courts to award reasonable fees in actions to enforce civil rights statutes...more

PA Senators Continue Pushing to Replace School Property Taxes with Expanded Personal Income & Sales Taxes - May 2014

On April 30th the Pennsylvania Senate’s Finance Committee held a hearing on S.B. 76 which would eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania. The bill would replace the lost revenues: (a) by boosting the...more

Iowa Case Highlights Often Overlooked Risk of Releasing Personal Emails in Public Records Requests

As a frequent advisor to school districts on freedom of information requests, the question I face most often is how a public body can protect a sensitive document from release. ...more

A Reprieve To Mandatory Implementation Of The Uniform School Calendar

On May 3, 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly passed House of Representatives Bill No. 5559, amending, inter alia, General Statutes Section 10-66q (the bill, as amended and passed, also creates a new apprenticeship grant...more

6 Tips To Help You Purchase Your Next Home

1. Before you begin looking for a home, get yourself pre-approved - Who wants to look at houses when at the end of the day, you will never be able to swing the payment? Contacting a mortgage professional will give you...more

Appellate Court Finds District Not Liable For Junior High School Student’s Death After Violent “Body Shots” Game

In Brooks v. McLean County District Unit No. 5, the Illinois appellate court found that a public school district was immune from liability for a junior high school student’s death after the student participated in a “body...more

Michigan Affirmative Action Ban Upheld By U.S. Supreme Court

Michigan’s affirmative action ban, a Constitutional amendment enacted through referendum during the 2006 election cycle, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The decision means that public entities, including...more

Another Texas Whistleblower is Dismissed

The Supreme Court of Texas recently dismissed another whistleblower case with a narrow reading of Texas Whistleblower Act (TWA) requirements. Although the TWA offers significant protections to a tipster reporting malfeasance,...more

PA Senators Pushing to Replace School Property Taxes with Expanded Personal Income and Sales Taxes

A number of Pennsylvania State Senators continue to push for legislation to eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania. They would replace the lost revenues by increasing the statewide Personal Income Tax rate...more

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