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Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #13

The House and Senate capped off a busy pre-Crossover week with several weighty propositions on their respective floors. In the Senate, members considered the “Keep Faith and Freedom in Adoption and Foster Care Act”, a...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #12

The House worked a full day today, taking up 14 measures on the floor before handling a full slate of committee meetings. Among the bills adopted by the House were provisions allowing QBE funding to follow students being...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #11

Sixteen more days! But, who is counting? Sine Die is quickly approaching, marking an end to Georgia’s 2018 legislative session. Thus, committees in the House and Senate are now meeting in earnest as lawmakers introduce their...more

Second Circuit Rebuffs Attempt To Address In Federal Court Action Relief Previously Denied In State Court Suit

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The Second Circuit has held that a federal district court reached the correct result but for the wrong reason when it dismissed a complaint seeking a declaratory judgment that the plaintiff was not subject to a contract...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #9

Wrapping up their legislative week, the Senate adopted two provisions today closely watched by state agencies and local school districts. First, the Senate adopted its version of HB 683, the Amended FY 2018 Budget, by a vote...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #8

Happy Valentine’s Day to our readers! While chocolates and flowers poured through the doors of various offices in the State Capitol today, lawmakers were working on a number of important issues, including delving deeper into...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #7

Tax reform came to Georgia today with Governor Nathan Deal announcing the State’s response to last year’s federal tax reform. HB 918, carried by Deal’s floor leader Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), allows Georgia taxpayers...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #6

Lawmakers hit the ground running today with Legislative Day 19, riding on good news on tax revenues that emerged late last week. On Friday, Governor Deal announced that the state’s tax revenues for the month of January were...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - By Shannon B. Hartsfield - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 18, 2018, the creation of a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is described...more

E-Rate Fraud in Crosshairs Following Charter School Indictment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

E-Rate fraud is back in the spotlight following the indictment of a Dallas charter school CEO and the owner of a contracting company for an alleged kickback scheme resulting in over $300,000 in illegal subsidies. Federal...more

Education Newsletter: Volume 2 Number 1

by Dickinson Wright on

ARIZONA - Chandler, Arizona - In August and September reports came to light of victims of alleged hazing and sexual assault at Hamilton High School. The reported incidents were shocking. Assaults occurred between...more

The Effect of Tax Reform on Michigan Charter Schools

by Miller Canfield on

Many recent press reports have warned of the negative affect tax reform could have on charter schools around the country. These reports focus on the proposed elimination of private activity bonds (“PABs”) under the House tax...more

Education Newsletter: Volume 1, Number 2

by Dickinson Wright on

House Bill 2078 (signed April 17, 2017) - This bill restructures post-secondary credit system for high school students. Unlike dual enrollment programs, a student enrolled in concurrent coursework will attend regular...more

Public Education Under Attack in Florida

Imagine a world in which public education did not exist. A world in which children did not have schools to attend. A world in which the future generation could not obtain a diploma. It is hard to imagine such a world, as the...more

OCR Changes Investigation Protocols for Civil Rights Complaints

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Candice Jackson, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, recently provided a “new internal guidance” memorandum to staff that significantly changes the Office...more

Public Act 16-67 – Are Your Background-Check Practices Compliant?

It’s been almost exactly a year since Public Act 16-67 – officially entitled “An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Certain Education Personnel Records, Criminal Penalties for Threatening in Educational Settings and the...more

Education Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1: Arizona Senator Introduces Bill to Expand the Rights of Student Speech

by Dickinson Wright on

This session, Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee (R-Phoenix) introduced Senate Bill 1384 to expand the rights of student journalists. If passed would grant both high school and college level student journalists the...more

Transforming Education – The DeVos Factor

by Fisher Phillips on

Now that debates have faded over the definition of student performance and whether guns in schools are necessary to protect against grizzly bears, everyone is settling into the reality that Betsy DeVos now leads our nation’s...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2016 Year in Review – Whitepaper

Introduction - In comparison to recent history, 2016 was a tame year for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”). While continuing to issue decisions that left employers scratching their heads, the...more

Know Where Your Student Data is Going!

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As we move into the second half of the school year, we want to remind districts and charter schools of the importance of securing and protecting student data. Educators use and share student data in dynamic ways that improve...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidance Interpreting Civil Rights Laws Protecting Students with Disabilities

by Barley Snyder on

Regulators have given school districts new guidance on how to remain compliant with federal laws concerning services to students with disabilities thanks to some year-end agency filings. U.S. Department of Education...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Rating Agency Developments - On November 9, 2016, Fitch updated its ratings criteria for analyzing U.S. wireless tower transactions. On November 8, 2016, DBRS published its ratings methodology for Canadian trade...more

Pennsylvania Charter Schools Are Subject to Jurisdiction of National Labor Relations Board

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board confronted the issue of whether it has jurisdiction over The Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School (PVCS) – a school formed pursuant Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law. In...more

NLRB Issues Numerous Decisions Against Employers as Hirozawa's Term Expires

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In the midst of a heated presidential election cycle, employers are following recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board closely. Before losing its three-member Democratic majority at the expiration of Board...more

NLRB Decides Charter Schools Are Private Corporations Despite Public Influence

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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

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