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Shipman & Goodwin Hosts Annual Law Day Event

On May 3, 2017, Connecticut area high school students learned firsthand about the legal profession at Shipman & Goodwin’s Law Day 2017, an annual event designed to give students from diverse backgrounds an inside view of life at a law … Read more

Fourth Circuit Reverses Preliminary Injunction in Transgender Student Rights Case; Adds its Two Cents

In March of 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States remanded the high profile transgender student rights case, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. ex rel. Grimm, no 16-273, to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for further … Read more

High School Sleuths Expose Questionable Credentials of New Principal

Earlier this month in the city of Pittsburg, Kansas, a group of curious student journalists raised serious questions about the credentials of their newly hired principal, Amy Robertson.  According to the Kansas City Star, Robertson had received 100 percent … Read more

Gary Brochu Presents at NSBA Meeting on a Board of Education’s Path to Excellence

On March 25, 2017, Shipman & Goodwin attorney Gary Brochu delivered a presentation entitled “From Awful to Award Winning: One Board’s Path to Excellence” at the National School Boards Association meeting in Denver, Colorado. Gary has presented numerous times at … Read more

Last Chance to Register! Webinar: Board Member Boot Camp – Conducting BOE Hearings

There’s still time to register for this complimentary webinar offered to board of education members and chairs.

One of the responsibilities of serving on a board of education is serving as a hearing panelist. Boards of education are statutorily and … Read more

Webinar Recap: Your Guide to Robert’s Rules of Order

On January 26th Attorney Gary Brochu provided another webinar in the Board Member Boot Camp webinar series. The focus of the latest webinar was the conducting of board of education meetings utilizing Robert’s Rules. The webinar provided a framework … Read more

State Department of Education Addresses Immigration Executive Order

On January 30, 2017, the Connecticut State Department of Education (“CSDE”) released a memorandum titled, “Guidance for Districts Regarding Refugee Students,” in response to an Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017, restricting immigration into the United States.  … Read more

Oral Argument Presented in Supreme Court Case Addressing the Level of Educational Benefit that must be Provided under IDEA

On January 11, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Endrew F. ex rel. Joseph F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, Docket No. 15-187, to address the level of benefit a school … Read more

Last Chance to Register! Board Meets World: A Board Member’s Guide to Working With Stakeholders

There’s still time to register for this complimentary seminar offered to board of education members.

School Law attorneys Richard A. Mills, Rebecca Rudnick Santiago and Benjamin P. FrazziniKendrick will provide board members with best practices and guidance regarding effective … Read more

Register Now for Board Meets World: A Board Member’s Guide to Working With Stakeholders

This workshop will provide board of education members with best practices and guidance regarding effective board operation with respect to internal governance, administration, school staff, students and the public (including parents and constituents).

Workshop topics will include:

  • Fostering positive and
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Supreme Court to Revisit Rowley IDEA FAPE Standard for First Time in Nearly 35 Years

On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear the case of Endrew F. ex rel. Joseph F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, Docket No. 15-187  to decide the question “What is … Read more

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Release Dear Colleague Letters Jointly Announcing New SECURe Rubrics for School Resource Officer Programs

On September 8, 2016, the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) jointly released new guidance regarding school resource officer programs.  The new Safe School-based Enforcement through Collaboration, … Read more

Last Chance to Register for this Complimentary Webinar: Board Member Boot Camp – A Guide to Effective Board Meetings

It’s not too late to register for this complimentary webinar for Board of Education members.

The Board of Education meeting is perhaps the single most important aspect of the work of a Board, and certainly its most visible one.  A … Read more

Teacher Retirement Board Issues Revised Guidelines for the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

On June 29, 2016, the Teacher Retirement Board (“TRB”) issued new guidance concerning the reemployment of retired teachers. One of the new and significant guidelines for post-retirement employment concerned the application of federal rules to qualified pension plans. Specifically, TRB … Read more

Superior Court Judge Rules Connecticut Education System Unconstitutional

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher ruled in the case of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, x07 HHD 14-5037565-S, that the current Connecticut education system violates the state constitution.  … Read more

Connecticut Unaffected by Federal Court Order Forbidding Enforcement of Transgender Guidance

Recently, a federal district court in Texas sided with Texas and several other states that challenged federal guidance instructing schools to accommodate transgender students under federal anti-discrimination laws.   The preliminary injunction, issued on the eve of a new school year, … Read more

New Complaint Challenges Constitutionality of Connecticut Educational System

On August 23, 2016, four Connecticut parents, on behalf of themselves and their seven children, filed a 71-page complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut against Governor Dannel Malloy and Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell, … Read more

Department of Education Issues New Dear Colleague Letter Regarding the Enrollment of Homeless Students

On July 27, 2016, the United States Department of Education (“Department of Education”) released a dear colleague letter (DCL) and a non-regulatory guidance document (“Guidance Document”) discussing school districts’ obligations under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“McKinney-Vento Act”) as amended … Read more

Teacher Retirement Board Issues Revised Guidelines for the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

On June 29, 2016, the Teacher Retirement Board (“TRB”) issued new guidance concerning the reemployment of retired teachers. One of the new and significant guidelines for post-retirement employment concerned the application of federal rules to qualified pension plans. Specifically, TRB … Read more

FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling that School Districts May Make “Robocalls” Without Violating Telephone Consumer Protection Act

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently issued a declaratory ruling confirming “that school callers may lawfully make robocalls and send automated texts to student family wireless phones pursuant to an ‘emergency purpose’ exception or with prior express consent without violating … Read more

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