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

Dear Legal Mailbag: Recently, my PTO held a meeting where they invited in a guest speaker to talk to parents about Internet safety, bullying and a variety of other age-appropriate topics. You know, the usual teenage stuff....more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: My brother-in-law is a first-shift foreman at our local Skippy Peanut Butter factory, and he has offered to make the factory available for field trips for our middle school students. I think that he and...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – October, 2017 #5

Dear Legal Mailbag: Last week, I was watching YouTube, and I saw this great speech by some admiral about how making one’s bed every morning is the key to success. I was quite inspired, and I thought that the teachers at...more

See You In Court! – November 2017

As the football season wound down in Nutmeg, Bob Bombast went on a Facebook rant against the players in the NFL who take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Coach Rock, veteran coach at Nutmeg Memorial High...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – October, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: I tried to get a police dog into my school on the morning of an overnight, out-of-state field trip so that the dog could sniff student luggage before putting the bags on the buses. I felt the need to do...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week - October, 2017 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: I hope that you can help me out of a jam. Last week, during an otherwise uneventful day, a crowd gathered at the middle school where I am principal. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – October, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: It is bad enough that I can’t watch my beloved NFL games without being confronted with political protests. Now, as the assistant principal in a high school, I am getting panicky emails from teachers and...more

See You In Court! – October 2017

It didn’t take long. School started in Nutmeg just a month ago, and already Ms. Superintendent was calling the members of the Board of Education to schedule an expulsion hearing. “This is a good one,” she told veteran Board...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – September, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: Last year, I received a disturbing letter. It was anonymous and unsigned. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter - September 26, 2017....more

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

Dear Legal Mailbag: I was surprised to receive a letter the other day addressed to me as school principal with the Connecticut Department of Corrections as the return address. I opened the letter and read that it was from...more

See You In Court! – September 2017

The ongoing State budget stalemate has many public officials in Nutmeg on edge. “How can we give the Board of Education money when we don’t even know whether and when the State will give us our ECS funds?” asked Seymour...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – August, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: I hope that you are having a nice summer. As a new principal of a big elementary school, I was enjoying mine, but now I need your help. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter - August 2,...more

See You In Court! - July/August 2017

It was a tough budget season in Nutmeg, and the Board of Education was forced to make difficult cuts just to start the new year with a balanced budget. To make matters worse, Town officials are whispering about possibly...more

See You In Court! - June 2017

The members of the Nutmeg Board of Education are tired of having to put up with the constant barrage of criticism. Cut teaching positions? The parents go crazy. Add teaching positions? The taxpayer group goes crazy....more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #4

Dear Legal Mailbag: Spring is in the air and I am spending the majority of my days at the various PPT and 504 meetings that have come on like a seasonal allergy. But to make matters worse, this is the season when parents...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am new to my position as principal of a small elementary school and, frankly, I am surprised at how low energy my teachers are. It seems to me that they do the absolute minimum whenever they...more

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

Dear Legal Mailbag: When I signed up to be an administrator, I never realized what expansive rights nosy people have under the Freedom of Information Act. I understand that the public has the right to know certain things,...more

See You In Court! – May 2017

As Chair of the Finance Committee of the Nutmeg Board of Education, new Board member Penny Pincher is deeply concerned about the budget next year. Given the uncertainties regarding state funding, Seymour Dollars, venerable...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: I was just appointed principal of my school last fall. Despite my charming personality, I find that I am not the most popular person in my building. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter...more

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

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am the advisor for our school newspaper and the student editor-in-chief is a pain in the a**...oops, I mean an impressive young man. When I tell him to do something, he takes it as an opening...more

4/24/2017  /  Free Speech , Public Schools , Students

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April, 2017

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

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017 #4

I am an assistant principal at a great middle school and we are a very welcoming bunch. Five months ago, a parent of another student attending our school came in with an eighth grade girl and asked that she be enrolled as...more

See You In Court! - April 2017

The Nutmeg Board of Education was frustrated and dismayed this budget season by the need to cut programs and reduce costs. However, given various warnings from Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: It seems that we cannot turn on the television these days without hearing the ongoing debate about travel bans, immigration reform and the presence of undocumented foreign nationals in this country....more

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

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

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