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

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

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

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

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

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

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

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

New California Employment Laws 2016

California’s 2016 legislative session ended, once again, with a flurry of activity in the legislature and by Governor Jerry Brown, resulting in numerous new laws requiring employer action. The end-of-session bills were not...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Standards Applied to Pro Se Litigants

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case revealing that while less stringent standards are often applied to pro se litigants, courts still should require them to adhere to the procedural rules....more

See You In Court! - December 2016

The last game for the Nutmeg Knights couldn’t come fast enough for veteran Nutmeg Board of Education member Bob Bombast. A defensive tackle on the legendary 1984 team, Bob bleeds Nutmeg persimmon and gold and attends every...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2016

Dear Legal Mailbag: Last week, we had three teachers “take the knee” during the playing of the National Anthem at a whole-school pep rally. Fortunately, only a few of the students noticed their actions. Originally...more

Pending Restorative Justice Bills Will, If Enacted, Alter Suspension and Expulsion Practices

Restorative Justice programs are increasingly being seen as an alternative to "zero tolerance" school discipline processes. Restorative Justice is an approach to discipline that focuses on repairing harm through inclusive...more

ED’s new rules for teacher preparation programs

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education issued its long-awaited final rule regarding teacher preparation programs. After nearly five years and a fair amount of compromise, the final regulation has garnered some...more

2016 presidential election dynamics in the workplace: Free speech? ‘You’re fired’

None of us are immune from this year’s presidential election dynamics. Disrespect and name-calling seem more prevalent than policy discussions. The election is highly polarizing, potentially pitting employee against...more

NLRB Expands Jurisdiction in Church-Operated Schools, Distinguishing Between "Religious" and "Secular" Instruction in Faculty...

In two recent cases, the National Labor Relations Board distinguished between faculty members providing secular instruction and those providing religious instruction, in concluding that only those providing religious...more

Employers' Legislative Update: Governor Brown Signs New Bills

Tis the season for new laws in California and not all of it brings good tidings and cheer for employers. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed several state Assembly and Senate Bills affecting those who employ domestic...more

NLRB Decides Charter Schools Are Private Corporations Despite Public Influence

In two separate cases decided on August 24, 2016, a divided National Labor Relations Board concluded that charter schools in Pennsylvania and New York are not political subdivisions within the meaning of Section 2(2) of the...more

The Aftermath Of The CCJEF Ruling: What Is Next For Public Education In Connecticut?

On September 7, 2016, Superior Court Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher issued a lengthy decision in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell. As its name would suggest, this case involved a challenge to...more

High school machine shop teacher loses work refusal case

A machine shop teacher’s work refusal was not justified, an appeals tribunal has decided, given that the teacher had the ability to manage the class environment to ensure safety. The teacher refused to teach the class if...more

Bad Teacher Reinstated Because District Did Not Follow Proper Termination Procedures

School Dist. of Philadelphia v. Jones, 139 A.3d 358 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016). In order to terminate a teacher, a school district must strictly follow procedural requirements under the Pennsylvania School Code. In Jones, a...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

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

The NLRB Opens the Door to Union Organizing Among Teaching Assistants and Other Student Assistants at Private Colleges and...

In what will come as no surprise to even the most casual labor law observer, yesterday the National Labor Relations Board jettisoned established precedent and granted teaching assistants and other student assistants at...more

Sexual Orientation is Not a Protected Class, According To The Seventh Circuit

On July 28, 2016, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a decision from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, holding that Title VII does not prohibit sexual orientation...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Past Practice as a Trap for the Unwary

No good deed goes unpunished, or so the old saying goes. And employers who are unaware of the concept of “past practice” soon learn the meaning of this expression. Recently a Connecticut Superior Court decision, which upheld...more

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