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Second Circuit Holds Endrew F. Did Not Heighten FAPE Standard in Second Circuit; Rejects Parents' Procedural Claims and Request...

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On March 23, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important precedential opinion in Mr. P. & Mrs. P. v. West Hartford Board of Education, 885 F.3d 735, (2d Cir. 2018). In its decision, the Second...more

See You In Court! – April, 2018

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After serving as Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of Education for six long years, Mr. Chairman announced unexpectedly at the last meeting in February that his company had transferred him to Illinois. At what would be his last...more

Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly On Education Related Legislation (And A March 8th Public Hearing)

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills...more

See You In Court! – March 2018

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Mark Millennial was recently elected to the Nutmeg Board of Education. More than ten years younger than any of the other Board members, Mark brings a new approach to Board service. His presence on social media is far more...more

National School Walk-out: Points to Consider as You Prepare

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An open letter - In light of recent events, schools across New York and the country are preparing for a student demonstration that could have millions joining a walkout. There are many stakeholders- students, parents,...more

See You In Court! - February 2018

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A student recently came to Mr. Principal in tears, accusing Joe Blow, a fifth-year senior at Nutmeg Memorial High School, of threatening to beat him up if he didn’t hand over his lunch money. When Mr. Principal investigated...more

Non-Renewal of Probationary Teacher Contracts

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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

Non-Renewal of Administrator Contracts

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The deadlines are approaching for non-renewal of administrative contracts. Administrator contracts are governed by Section 1229 of the School Code, MCL 380.1229, which contains two crucial deadlines for non-renewing an...more

The Latest On Alternative Educational Opportunities For Expelled Students: The Good, The Not So Good, The Unknown, And “Final”...

We have previously written in these pages about the development of “guidelines” or “standards” by the State Board of Education for the provision of educational opportunities for expelled students. Having had just a (teeny)...more

ML Strategies 2018 Outlook: Education

While education issues are expected to be major priorities in Congress throughout 2018, Congressional leadership left town last year still unable to come to an agreement on the funding of Cost Sharing Reductions (CSRs) and...more

ML Strategies Outlook for 2018

With the start of a new year, Congress returns to Washington for the second session of the 115th Congress, while President Trump readies for his first State of the Union on January 30, 2018. The legislative agenda for the...more

Education Legislation Summary: 2017 Special Session – Biennial Budget, Connecticut General Assembly

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On October 26, 2017, the General Assembly passed Emergency Certified Bill 1502 (“Bill 1502” or “the Bill”). The Bill was signed by Governor Malloy on October 31, 2017 (except for a line item veto related to hospital charges)....more

See You In Court! - January 2018

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Mr. Superintendent was hoping that the first meeting of the Nutmeg Board of Education after the holidays would be uneventful, maybe even boring. It was not to be. During Public Comment, Peter Parent gave an impassioned speech...more

Education Legislation Summary: 2017 Special Session - Biennial Budget

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the General Assembly passed Emergency Certified Bill 1502 (“Bill 1502” or “the Bill”). The Bill was signed by Governor Malloy on October 31, 2017 (except for a line item veto related to hospital charges)....more

Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap

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Field Law held its second Post-Secondary Summit on November 30, 2017 in Calgary. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below...more

See You In Court! – December 2017

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The General Assembly has finally passed a budget, and the Nutmeg Board of Education has been spared the catastrophic cuts in state aid that some had predicted. Veteran Board member Bob Bombast was therefore pleased to turn...more

What Are the Limits of Reasonable Accommodation?

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to the known mental or physical limitations of an otherwise qualified individual. The Act defines a qualified individual as someone who,...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – October, 2017

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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

Court Affirms Denial of Board of Public Education's Summary Judgment Motion in Asbestos Case

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Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld a denial of a motion for summary judgment filed by the Pittsburgh School District’s Board of Public Education (“PBE”). Geier v. Bd. of Pub. Educ. of the Sch....more

See You In Court! – October 2017

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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

And who is going to pay for it? The State’s new draft guidelines for educating expelled students

In 2016, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed Public Act 16-147: AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. This Act made several changes to school discipline laws which...more

See You In Court! – September 2017

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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

Liability for field trips: Munn v. Hotchkiss and ticks, Costa v. Plainville and basketball, and are there really any new...

Last Friday (August 11, 2017), the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision garnering significant press attention in which it ruled that 1) Connecticut public policy imposes a duty upon schools to warn or protect against...more

2017 Education Legislation Summary

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In its 2017 regular session, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes affecting public education in Connecticut. This summary is intended to give you a brief overview of some of the more significant...more

See You In Court! - July/August 2017

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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

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