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The Focus of Pullman & Comley’s Recent Superintendents’ Forum Was School Security and Whether School Districts Should Hire Armed,...

In a recent article, the Washington Post estimated that since the shooting in Columbine, there has been an average of ten shootings a year in American schools. That brings the total to 190 — and counting. What are the...more

School Fees for Apartment Buildings Not Limited to Square Footage of Individual Units

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School impact fees for an apartment complex must be calculated based on the square footage of both the individual units and other space within the interior of the buildings, such as hallways and elevator shafts. 1901 First...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - It’s been a rare week so far this year when both chambers have been in session and this week was no different, as only the Senate convened for three days of voting session. On Monday, the Senate...more

Poetry in Motion: High School Student/Immigrant Allowed to Participate in Contest Even When Excluded from Eligibility

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On April 20, 2018, Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. of the US District Court of Maine issued a well-reasoned 39 page decision granting an injunction against the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from prohibiting a high school...more

California Court Rules District Cannot Prohibit Students From Kneeling During The National Anthem At School Sporting Events

In what appears to be the first decision on this issue in the country, a federal court in California granted a high school athlete’s request for an injunction overturning his high school’s prohibition against athletes...more

Is Your District Developing a Plan to Safeguard Against Meal Shaming?

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Effective April 12, 2018, Education Law § 908, entitled “Prohibition against meal shaming,” was added as part of the budget to require all public school districts, charter schools and non-public schools in New York state...more

Apartment and Condo Developers in California Take Note: Court Clarifies Calculation of School Impact Fees

Under California’s Education Code (section 17620), a school district can levy a fee on new residential construction for the purpose of funding new or improved school facilities to help meet the demand created by the new...more

SDE Issues New Guidelines for IEEs and In-School Observations

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On March 27, 2018, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) issued the long-awaited and much-anticipated Guidelines Regarding Independent Educational Evaluations at Public Expense and In-School Observations. These...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter – April 2018

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Cook County Judge Rules Navy Pier, Inc. Records are Subject to FOIA - Judge Thomas R. Allen granted a motion for summary judgment filed by the Better Government Association (BGA) that found a broad range of documents held...more

Illinois Appellate Court Issues Significant Ruling Interpreting Changes to School Code Regarding Boundary Change Petitions

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The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently announced a significant school law decision regarding school district detachment and annexation petitions....more

The New York State Budget: New Tax Code and Record Funding for Education

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The recent passage of the state’s budget, which took effect on April 1, 2018, aims to provide relief to the middle class to combat the change in federal tax law. New York is making a concerted effort to protect...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April, 2018

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Dear Legal Mailbag: I have been fortunate to be the principal in a school district that provides building substitutes and I have often been able simply to assign one of my two building subs to cover for an absent teacher...more

The New York Note - April 2018

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This Week in New York – Chief Privacy Officer Appointed, Cuomo vs. De Blasio on NYCHA, Unsafe Playgrounds, and New Schools Chancellor’s First Day - Mayor de Blasio Appoints Laura Negrón As Chief Privacy Officer - On...more

Court Holds that for Purposes of Calculating Level 1 School Impact Fees, “All Interior Space is Assessable”

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On March 29, 2018, in 1901 First Street Owner, LLC v. Tustin Unified School District, __ Cal.App.5th __ (2018) (Case No. G054086), the Fourth District Court of Appeal addressed an important case of first impression regarding...more

See You In Court! – April, 2018

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After serving as Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of Education for six long years, Mr. Chairman announced unexpectedly at the last meeting in February that his company had transferred him to Illinois. At what would be his last...more

The New York Note - March 2018 #4

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This Week in New York – NYC Employee Background Checks, School Overcrowding, Legislation in the News, and a New Cybersecurity Initiative - NYC Employee Background Check Backlog - This week the City Council concluded its...more

The Weekly Round-Up: White House Proposes Cuts to Government Benefits for Immigrants, Temporary Protection for Liberians, and New...

President Trump Proposal Severely Limits Government Benefits for Immigrants - A leaked proposed rule from the White House, if instituted, would deny almost all public benefits for non-American citizens, including certain...more

Retired Teacher’s Same-Sex Spouse Entitled to Retirement Benefits

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Last Month, in Gateway Sch. Dist. V. Gateway Educ. Ass’n, 783 C.D. 2017 (Pa. Commw. Ct. Feb. 28, 2018), a Pennsylvania court affirmed an arbitration decision holding that a retired teacher could add his same-sex spouse to his...more

Commonwealth Court Holds That Addresses Contained In Property Tax Assessment Records Are Public Records

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Butler Area School District v. Pennsylvanians for Union Reform, 1460 C.D. 2014, 2017 WL 4974552, at *1 (Pa. Cmmw. Nov. 2, 2017). The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania holds that addresses contained in property tax assessment...more

Recent FOIA Decisions Address “Trade Secret” and “Private Information” Exemptions

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The Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently issued two binding opinions addressing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, the opinions found two public entities violated...more

New York Court Addresses Coverage for School District’s Alleged Civil Rights Violations

In its recent decision in Graphic Arts Mut. Ins. Co. v. Pine Bush Central School District, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1553 (N.Y. 2d Dep’t Mar. 9, 2018), the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division had occasion to...more

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

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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

The New York Note - March 2018

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DOITT releases First Ever Contract for Design Services - This week, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications released a first of its kind RFP for design services contracts through its Government X...more

Student activism after Parkland—Some First Amendment considerations for school district leaders

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After the tragic February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students across the country have taken to the streets. Students have met with lawmakers, engaged in protests, and staged...more

Jeena Lee-Walker V. N.Y.C. Dep’t Of Educ. Et Al.: Book Banning And The First Amendment

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An application for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court was recently filed by Plaintiff Lee-Walker in, Jeena Lee-Walker v. N.Y.C. Dep’t of Educ. et al. Plaintiff teacher filed a lawsuit against her previous...more

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