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CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: Recently, a parent stopped by my office unannounced to complain that one of my teachers was rude to her darling little son. This is not the first time that she has leveled an accusation against one...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/17-4/21

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Don’t Be Unprepared For Student-On-Student Sexual Assault Allegations

by Fisher Phillips on

Many are aware of the alarming rise in the number of student sexual assaults on college campuses across the country. The May 2015 issue of JAMA Pediatrics reported that one in five women will be the victim of a sexual assault...more

State Board of Education Adopts PEAC Recommendation Regarding Use of Master Tests in Educator Evaluation Plans

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

At its meeting on April 5, 2017, the State Board of Education voted to adopt the March 29, 2017 recommendation of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) concerning the use of state mastery test data in educator...more

Every Student Succeeds Act Prohibits "Passing the Trash"

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Every Student Succeeds Act ("ESSA") was signed by former President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015 and is the federal law that replaced the previous No Child Left Behind Act. On April 3, 2017, the Michigan Department of...more

The Survival of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, Part 3

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Exactly a year ago today in what now appears to be a temporary reprieve, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. An “equally divided court” affirmed the judgment...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Begins to Speak

The General Assembly’s Education Committee is beginning the process of approving bills. The following is a listing (with a brief description) of the proposed bills that Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced...more

Do School Employees Get Overtime For Occasional Extra Duty? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Q. Our school district has hourly, non-exempt employees who occasionally perform extra work for the district – for example, chaperoning a school dance, or taking tickets at home games. Do we need to track the hours that...more

“100% Healed From Injury” Policies May Violate the CA Fair Employment and Housing Act

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) recently obtained a settlement on behalf of a custodian for a school district who was fired after an on-the-job injury. As part of the settlement, the...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, I am reminded that we are approaching that time of the year – non-renewal season. But I am always afraid that I will be challenged if I recommend...more

Is dismissal for showing an 18-rated film to pupils disability discrimination where an employer does not know the employee's...

by Dentons on

This difficult question arose in City of York Council v. Grosset UKEAT/0015/16. Mr Grosset, a teacher and head of English at a school ran by City of York Council, suffered from cystic fibrosis. He was disabled within the...more

NC Legislative Update: February 2017 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Governor Cooper (D) held a budget press conference on Monday to unveil some of the highlights that his budget proposal will include. One of the most discussed highlights is raising the average teacher pay to...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance

by Ruder Ware on

On February 22, 2017, one day before briefs were submitted to the Supreme Court in a case involving a transgender student in Pennsylvania, the Trump Administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department...more

Non-Renewal of Probationary Teacher Contracts

by Clark Hill PLC on

The deadlines are approaching for non-renewal of probationary teacher contracts. The probationary period is five years. Pursuant to MCL 38.83, a board of education must provide a probationary teacher with a definite...more

Liquidated Damages: A Tool for Teacher Retention?

by Ruder Ware on

A common struggle for school districts across Wisconsin is how to attract and retain quality teachers and administrative staff. In a post-Act 10 world where districts are free to recruit the best and the brightest from their...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – February, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a middle school, I am spared most of the angst parents have over the grades of their children because, at least so far, the college admissions process does not require submission...more

Tenured Teacher Dismissal Upheld for Assisting Students on ISAT

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In one of the first teacher dismissal decisions of 2017, school districts across the state of Illinois scored a victory as an independent hearing officer upheld the dismissal of a tenured teacher for improperly assisting...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Regulations Regarding Teacher Preparation Programs

by Hogan Lovells on

On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published final regulations regarding teacher preparation programs, implementing the accountability provisions of Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and...more

Michigan Legislature Repeals Preferential Hiring Requirement for Special Education Personnel

by Clark Hill PLC on

On January 3, 2017, Governor Snyder signed into law Public Act 429, which is to take immediate effect. This Act repeals a somewhat obscure provision of the Michigan Revised School Code. Section 1766, MCL 380.1766, required a...more

They’re Back! What Can Schools Expect from the 2017 General Assembly Session?

On January 4, the 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. The session is scheduled to adjourn on June 7, 2017. One can assume that a plethora of proposed bills affecting Connecticut school districts will be...more

How to Get an A+ On Your Next Hire

by Fisher Phillips on

When it comes to filling vacant positions at your school, you not only need to find the best talent available, but you also need to locate faculty and administrators who will thrive in your unique community. In many cases,...more

On the Horizon: Laws Going Into Effect in Early 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The California Legislature continues to be very active in passing pro-employee legislation, creating additional compliance burdens and litigation risks for employers. The following summary contains the key new laws employers...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

Successful Implementation of Restorative Justice Practices

by Clark Hill PLC on

The passage of legislation mandating consideration of Restorative Justice in schools marks a movement away from "zero tolerance" by requiring schools to consider a number of mitigating factors or alternatives before...more

California Employer Compliance 2017

by Lewitt Hackman on

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all...more

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