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NYS Governor’s Education Budget has Ramifications beyond Monetary Resources

by Harris Beach PLLC on

Governor Cuomo’s 2018-2019 school aid proposal calls for an increase of about 3 percent or $769 million in total school aid. This is significantly lower than the $1.6 billion increase recommended by the Board of Regents. Many...more

Implications of a Government Shutdown for Employers and Educators

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As the looming threat of a government shutdown becomes more real, we briefly review prior shutdowns and provide guidance on what employers and educators might anticipate. Government shutdowns are not as rare an occurrence as...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2018 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a medium-size high school, I am responsible for investigating and acting on bullying claims. Last week, two sophomore girls came to me to report that a senior male student had been...more

Diploma Safety Net Option Expanded for NYS Students with Disabilities

by Harris Beach PLLC on

In December 2017, the Board of Regents adopted new emergency regulations that expanded the “superintendent determination” option for students with disabilities seeking to earn a local diploma upon high school graduation. ...more

2018 New York Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

New York State legislators made their annual return to Albany for the start of the 2018 legislative session with no shortage of issues to deal with. The state is facing its first major budget crunch since Governor Andrew...more

2017 Legislative Summary (Part Two): The Budget “Implementer” And Its Effect On Connecticut’s Schools And Public Employers.

In 2017, our firm published a summary of new legislation affecting Connecticut’s schools and public sector employers. However, the 2017 “regular session” of the Connecticut General Assembly was not the final word. Due to the...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2018

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As a middle school principal, I run a tight ship, and I expect that the students in my school will be respectful in their interactions with me and all the other staff members. I was infuriated,...more

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

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

2018 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature introduced 2,495 bills during the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Of these, 859 were signed into law....more

Between Scylla and Charybdis: the reasonable accommodation dilemma

by Kirton McConkie PC on

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION - In Greek mythology, two sea monsters—Scylla and Charybdis—lived on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Italy and Sicily. The monsters were located in such proximity to each other...more

See You In Court! - January 2018

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

The Impact of Tax Reform on Michigan Municipalities and School Districts

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. House and Senate have approved the reconciled tax reform bill that was reported out of the House and Senate Conference Committee last week. The bill was passed on Dec. 20, 2017, and has been sent to the President for...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

End of Year Deadline is Fast Approaching for Potable Water Testing in Illinois Schools

by Clark Hill PLC on

In Illinois, all school buildings constructed prior to January 1, 1987, must have every drinking water source tested for lead prior to December 31, 2017. (225 ILCS 320/29). A school building is defined as any building (or...more

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As principal of an elementary school, I welcomed a new family to our school at the beginning of the school year. Mom and dad enrolled their eight-year-old son and their six-year-old daughter last...more

Senate Bill 621 Gives Part-Time Educators Their Proportional Share

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Senate Bill 621 will become effective on January 1, 2018. The bill amends Labor Code section 515.8 and is intended to address the ambiguities in Assembly Bill 2230 which was enacted last year....more

High Times? Medical Marijuana In The Classroom

by Fisher Phillips on

Medical marijuana first became legal in the U.S. more than 20 years ago when, in 1996, California passed its groundbreaking law. Since then, an increasing number of states have passed their own laws to allow the legal use of...more

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Issues Q&A Guidance on FAPE Standard Under Endrew F.

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

As we previously reported, the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 addressed the standards by which schools must provide students with disabilities a free...more

Understanding And Surviving The Modern Campus Protest Movement

by Fisher Phillips on

Each day we witness various factions in our society establishing a stronger platform from which to launch their voices. It seems what used to be taboo or met with disapproval has now become acceptable speech deserving of a...more

R v Jarvis: Is There a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Schools?

by Field Law on

In R v Jarvis, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently discussed the existence of a reasonable expectation of privacy in a school environment....more

Prevent administrative convenience from creeping into classroom placement decisions

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This Special Ed Connection article quotes Shipman & Goodwin Attorney Peter Maher. Students with disabilities may end up in the same regular education classroom together for a variety of reasons. A principal might...more

See You In Court! – December 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: One of the kindergarten teachers in my school is a bit of a drama queen and, thus, I was not terribly surprised when she made a big deal out of an accident in her classroom. One of her students (a five...more

Proposed Tax Reform Legislation Would Increase Financing Costs for Issuers of Tax-Exempt Bonds

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”), and while much of the national media has focused on its impact on corporate and individual tax rates and deductions, the bill also...more

One Reason Your Property Taxes Skyrocketed - New Bond Measures

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Contrary to popular belief, Oregon law does not limit property tax increases to three percent per year. If you received a property tax statement this year, you may have learned this the hard way. Overall tax rates are now at...more

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