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Web Exclusive: "It Can’t Happen Here, Can It?” Now Is The Time To Assess Your School’s Safety And Security Protocols

by Fisher Phillips on

Recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have caused many in the education community to think about their own campuses and the safety and security measures they have employed over the years....more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #7

The gutting of bills continued under the Gold Dome today with legislators turning their focus to Georgia’s Certificate of Need statutes. The House Health and Human Services Committee took up two substitute bills impacting...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #6

After a busy committee workday yesterday with legislators attempting to move last-minute propositions through the legislative gauntlet, lawmakers returned to the Capitol today to consider bills and resolutions on their...more

The Commonwealth Court Holds That Time Limits for Public Comments at School Board Meetings Are Valid Under the Sunshine Act

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Sklaroff v. Abington School District, 2017 WL 4582638 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2017). The Commonwealth Court reaffirms a school district’s authority under the Sunshine Act to impose reasonable time limits on citizens’ comments during the...more

WV Legislative Brief - March 2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The 2018 teachers’ strike in West Virginia reached an end on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. The strike was the longest in state history, lasting a total of 13 days – 2 days longer than the 1990 teachers’ strike. The strike ended...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #4

Just after Governor Deal signed the Amended FY 2018 Budget in Cedartown this morning, the House set to work adopting its proposal for the FY 2019 Budget. Notably included in the over $50 billion spending package ($26 billion...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #5

The clink of champagne flutes was almost audible under the Gold Dome this morning as the House adopted SB 17, commonly known as the “brunch bill”. The bill, authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), will allow local...more

Clean-Bus Funding: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Grant to Arkansas School District

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in a March 8th news release that it was awarding an $8.7 million grant for the replacement and retrofitting of 452 older diesel school buses. The grants...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #3

As dawn broke over the State Capitol this morning, it revealed the long-awaited FY 2019 Budget as amended by the House Appropriations Committee. House budget subcommittees met beginning at 7AM, quickly adopting their...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

Wisconsin School and Municipal Employee Unions Must Petition for Election by September 15 to Avoid Decertification

Wisconsin Statutes Section 111.70(4)(d)(3) provides that, “Annually, the [Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission] shall conduct an election to certify the representative of the collective bargaining unit that contains a...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #2

Lawmakers returned to the State Capitol today refreshed and renewed after a three-day weekend following Crossover Day last week. As committees began taking up propositions that have passed out of their sister chambers, so...more

See You In Court! – March 2018

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #1

After a late night at the State Capitol, the House and Senate convened today with short calendars but weighty issues. The Senate approved HB 918, Governor Deal’s tax reform measure this morning. ...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – February, 2018 #3

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal in my building, I try to give teachers some space, so I don’t often stop by the teachers’ lounge. But yesterday I did so, and now I have a question. Originally published in the CAS...more

Remaining Vigilant in Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses

by Jackson Walker on

Last summer, I wrote an article titled “The Crisis of Free Speech on Campus: Not Fake News,” which commented on the growing intolerance of free speech on college and university campuses that has resulted in incidents of...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #15

When the Senate adjourned at last night at 9PM after considering over 40 propositions, the House was just getting started. When the gavel fell on Crossover Day just after 1AM this morning, the House had voted on over 60...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #14

Completing their last convening before Crossover Day on Wednesday, the House and Senate dispensed with long calendars today. Although the House considered 24 measures and the Senate considered 29, the mood under the Gold Dome...more

After the MDR: What to do if student’s misbehavior is manifestation of disability

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

A middle school student with ADHD is suspended for 12 days after getting into a fight in the cafeteria. The student’s IEP team conducts a manifestation determination review and concludes that the student’s problem behavior...more

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

What School Districts Need to Know About Student Protests

by Barley Snyder on

We have received many questions over the past week in the wake of the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. As has been widely publicized, there are presently a number of protest events...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

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I don’t dare ask her, but I think that one of the teachers in my school has “histrionic personality disorder,” which DSM V describes as “a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention...more

School District Finalizes Deal for Renewable Energy Partnership

by Miller Canfield on

Flushing Community Schools recently finalized a public-private partnership (P3) project with solar power company Standard Solar Inc. This transaction, the first-of-its-kind for a public school in Michigan, is anticipated to...more

School District Ordered to Allow Student to Use Medical Marijuana in Classroom

by Ruder Ware on

A recent decision from a federal court in Illinois has opened the door to significant debate regarding the use of medical marijuana in a school setting. The Schaumburg, IL School District has been ordered to allow an...more

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