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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

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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

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

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2017

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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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

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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

More Federal School Guidance Documents Come off the Ledger

by Barley Snyder on

The federal government has wiped away a host of special education guidance documents created over the past 30 years that it deemed antiquated....more

DOE Rescinds Guidance Documents Related to Idea and Rehabilitation Act

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777. This order required Federal agencies to evaluate their existing regulations and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement,...more

News from Second & State

Budget Update - It was a busy week in Harrisburg as the legislature got down to the business of putting the state budget to bed at long last. After having sent the Governor an omnibus Administrative Code bill last week,...more

Worth Another Look: The Public School Code

As we make our way toward finally finishing the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, another “code bill” reached the governor’s desk. The final version of H.B. 178 (Day, R-Berks), the Public School Code omnibus bill, passed in the...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week - October, 2017 #4

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from an outside therapist who is seeing one of my students who refuses to come to school. I did not have a release to speak to this individual but, without...more

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

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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

In Aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Connecticut School Districts Reminded of Obligations to Displaced Puerto Rican Students

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On September 28, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner of Education Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell issued a joint memorandum to Connecticut superintendents of public schools outlining local educational agency...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-era Title IX Guidance Document

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in two key documents about Title IX and sexual violence...more

Pennsylvania School Funding Question Given Another Chance

by Barley Snyder on

The tricky issue of how the state funds its public schools has new life after a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision late last week. In the latest chapter in the battle over the system of public school funding in...more

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

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

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