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ISBE Issues Guidance on Homeless Dispute Resolution Procedures

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) recently issued guidance addressing Homeless Dispute Resolution Procedures. This newly released document is intended to “bring clarity, fairness and consistency” to the dispute...more

Fall 2017 Property Tax and Valuation Topics

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Property Assessment Class Action Fails - On previous occasions, the editors of Property Tax and Valuations Topics have noted that Connecticut courts tend to be rather strict in requiring property owners to pursue statutory...more

Tax Appeals Based on Property Type May Violate State Constitution

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Valley Forge Towers Apartments N, L.P. v. Upper Merion Area School Dist., 2017 Pa. LEXIS 1520, 163 A.3d 962 (Pa. July 5, 2017). (The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that school district’s tax assessment appeal policy...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

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019 - AB 746 Imposes Requirements for Water...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under a new state law, California water providers will need to test for lead in local schools’ drinking water on or before July 1, 2019. The new law, AB 746, imposes certain requirements on both water providers and school...more

Four New Laws That Illinois School Districts Should Have on Their Radar

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Several Illinois laws enacted in 2017 — some of which already have become effective, and others for which the effective date is coming soon — will have a significant impact on school districts in the state. Following are some...more

Endrew F. In The Second Circuit – How Is The Court Applying The New Standard

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision of earlier this year in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, have typically remanded special education...more

Hospital and Homeowner Property Tax Exemptions Examined by Illinois Courts

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Illinois Courts are currently examining several different aspects of property tax exemptions, all of which impact the revenues of school districts and other units of local government. Most notably, the Illinois Supreme Court...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

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

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