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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

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

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

TRB Issues New Guidance Concerning the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

On June 17, 2015, Connecticut’s Attorney General issued an opinion concerning the “statutory limits on the compensation provided to reemployed teachers (including superintendents and other administrators) pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat.§ 10-183v(a).” Based on his analysis of the language of … Read more

Teacher’s Reduction in Hours to Half-Time Does Not Constitute a Termination

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed a teacher’s claim that the school district employer failed to provide her with statutory due process when it reduced her full-time position to half-time, holding that the reduction in … Read more

Teacher’s Challenge to Termination Because of Blog Denied

Students are not the only ones who can be subject to discipline because of social media; their teachers can get into trouble too. Recently the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania rejected a teacher’s first amendment … Read more

Michigan Teacher Sues School District for Requiring Her to Have Psychological Exam

A high school teacher in Michigan has filed suit in federal court against Arbor Public Schools after the school district ordered her to undergo a psychological examination as a condition for continuing her employment.

The teacher was placed on leave … Read more

Attorneys Jessica Ritter and Jessica Stein to Give Live Audio Seminar on “Social Networking and Electronic Communications: Issues for Public Schools”

On November 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., Attorneys Jessica Ritter and jsoufer will examine teacher and student use of social media and social networking, and the intersection of individual rights with the school’s authority to regulate the school environment. During … Read more

ADA Does Not Restrict School Districts When Teachers Can’t Perform Essential Functions of Job

Two recent decisions, one from the Sixth Circuit of Appeals and the other from the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, interestingly with both decisions having a plaintiff named Johnson, offer clarification of the accommodations required by school districts pursuant to the … Read more

Employers Need to Update Policies Regarding Employee Genetic Information

Schools need to review their employment policies to ensure compliance with regulations clarifying the employer’s obligations under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, more commonly referred to as “GINA”. These regulations went into effect on January 9, 2011. In particular, Boards … Read more

GAO Released Report on Selected Cases of Public and Private Schools’ Hiring of Individuals with Histories of Sexual Misconduct

On December 8, 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report: “Selected Cases of Public and Private Schools that Hired or Retained Individuals with Histories of Sexual Misconduct”. The GAO was asked to examine the circumstances surrounding cases where … Read more

Attorney General and Office of the Child Advocate Issue Report on School Districts and DCF Reports

Recently the Connecticut Attorney General and Office of the Child Advocate released a report entitled, “Protecting our Children: Improving Protections for Children when Allegations are made that School System Personnel Abused and/or Neglected Children.”  This report is based on the … Read more

“EduJobs” Bill at Crossroads

A controversial bill that would provide $23 billion in federal funding to preserve teaching jobs has lost momentum, but, according to proponents, still may be passed by Congress. Under the current version of the bill, which has been nicknamed “EduJobs”, … Read more

First Accounting of Stimulus Package’s Impact Published

According to reporting completed by Connecticut school districts, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”), commonly known as “The Stimulus Package,” saved or created 5,301 education jobs in Connecticut. The same data indicates that no ARRA funding has … Read more

Rhode Island Commissioner Halts Use of Seniority for Teacher Assignments

Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist recently ordered all school districts in Rhode Island to cease using teacher seniority as the sole determinant of teacher assignment. Click here for the press release. The Superintendent cited the state’s new Basic … Read more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Swine Flu, Including Waivers and Special Education Information

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance regarding flexibility and waivers available to school districts, post-secondary institutions, and other grantees in the event of a H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak.  Included in this guidance is a discussion of how school … Read more

Substitute Teachers Exempt From Bachelor’s Degree Standard For 2009-2010

In June 2009, the General Assembly amended Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-145(a) to require that, effective July 1, 2009, “[n]o person shall be employed in any of the schools of any local or regional board of education as a substitute … Read more

Seventh Circuit Hears Non-Renewed Teacher’s Discrimination Suit

A teacher whose one-year contract with a school district was not renewed filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging retaliatory discharge, First Amendment retaliation and national origin discrimination. The Seventh Circuit reversed the ruling of the lower court dismissing … Read more

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