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New Jersey Appellate Division Clarifies Rights to Disclosure of School Records Under Public Records Law

by Genova Burns LLC on

In a lengthy, published opinion, the New Jersey Appellate Division recently ruled on four appeals from different trial courts (that had reached conflicting results) about the ability of a nonprofit advocacy organization for...more

How does Last Best Offer Interest Arbitration Work When The State Has Not Adopted Its Budget?

According to the State Department of Education, approximately 100 Connecticut school districts are scheduled to engage in negotiations with teacher and/or administrator bargaining units by the end of December, 2017. As those...more

Public Construction Contracts - Changes

by Ruder Ware on

The Wisconsin Legislature is considering a new bill that would significantly change requirements for competitive bidding of public construction contracts by local government units and school districts. Currently, school...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Sufficiency of Category 2 Budgets and E-rate Administration Generally

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Late last Friday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice seeking comment on whether the per-student and per-square footage budgets set for E-rate Category 2 funding are sufficient. The FCC established...more

Education Secretary Rescinds Obama-Era Campus Sexual Assault Guidance

by Fisher Phillips on

In a long-anticipated move, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights withdrew the Obama Administration’s 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence this morning, as well as its Questions and...more

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I was surprised to receive a letter the other day addressed to me as school principal with the Connecticut Department of Corrections as the return address. I opened the letter and read that it was from...more

School Employee Who Resigned After Her Hospitalization Coverage Was Reduced Entitled To Unemployment Compensation

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Forbes Road School District V Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Case No. 1814 C.D. 2016 - Claimant was hired as a paraprofessional at $10.15 an hour. She completed health...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Garland County School Districts Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Jessieville School District and Fountain Lake School District (collectively, “District”) entered into an August 30th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”)...more

School Districts, Undocumented Student, and Equal Access to Public K-12 Education

With the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on the horizon, many K-12 schools, school districts, taxpayers, and others are asking: Do undocumented students have the right to attend public schools? And,...more

Deadline Approaches for Phila. Tax Appeals – Increased Assessments & Potential for School District Appeals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has reviewed the assessed values of all commercial and industrial real estate in Philadelphia, and earlier this year, many owners of commercial and industrial real estate...more

Procedural Provision Of FAA Inapplicable In California State Court Action When Arbitration Agreement Is Silent On Choice Of Law Or...

by Carlton Fields on

A California appellate court has upheld an order denying a motion to compel arbitration due to the possibility of conflicting rules, finding that, when a contract is silent on choice of law, California procedural rules, not...more

Public Official or Private Citizen? In Free Speech Cases, Courts Must Decide

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

First Amendment retaliation claims may be getting harder to pursue for state employees, as courts seem increasingly likely to view speech as part of the employees' roles as public officials rather than as private citizens....more

High School Football Coach Does Not Have The Right To Pray On The 50 Yard Line After The Game – Lessons From The Ninth Circuit...

Does a school district violate the First Amendment when it prohibits a football coach from kneeling on the fifty yard line and praying with students and members of the public at the end of each high school football game? The...more

CSDE Provides Guidance, FAQs on Civil Rights Protections and Supports for Transgender Students

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In light of the Trump administration’s rescission of 2016 federal guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education concerning school district obligations to transgender and gender nonconforming students, on...more

Transgender Rights – Where Does Pennsylvania Fit In?

by Fisher Phillips on

With the recent buzz about President Donald Trump’s removal of federal protections for transgender students that were implemented under the Obama Administration, the states and school systems have been left to determine if...more

Education Week Article Examines Harmful Revenue Impact of Property Tax Appeals

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent article in Education Week has caught the attention of many local educators. The article, available here, discusses a national trend in property tax assessment appeals that can have devastating effects on school...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

Lease-Leaseback Battle Continues as First District Court of Appeals Sides with Contractor and School District

Earlier, we wrote about Davis v. Fresno United School District (2015) 237 Cal.App.4th 261, a Fifth District California Court of Appeals decision that sent shock waves through the school construction industry and raised...more

Connecticut gets it right for Non-ERISA 403(b) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the things that most people forget about fee disclosure as it pertains to retirement plans is that it’s only applicable to ERISA based retirement plans. So non-ERISA 403(b) plans have no fee disclosure requirements and...more

When Can Schools Ban a Parent or a Third Party from School Property and School Events?

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed the issue of whether a school district can ban a parent from school property during the school day and/or during on-site sporting events based on the parent’s prior...more

Medical Marijuana on Campus: Barbuto's Impact on School Policies Banning Drug Use

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC that an employee's use of medical marijuana to treat a qualified disability may be a reasonable accommodation under...more

Pullman & Comley 2017 “interim” legislative summary for schools

The Connecticut General Assembly enacted a number of laws during its 2017 regular session that will impact Connecticut schools. Among other things, bills have been enacted that: (1) “repeal and replace” last year’s radical...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

PA Supreme Court Rules On School District Tax Appeals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent Supreme Court of Pennsylvania case, captioned as Valley Forge Towers, taxpayer brought an action against the school district, as a taxing district, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief claiming that the...more

Cutting Class: Teachers’ Motion For Class Certification Denied In Race Discrimination Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Four African-American teachers alleged that their school district employer discriminated against them on the basis of race by failing to hire them as assistant principals, and filed a motion for class...more

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