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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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