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Ninth Circuit Decision Provides Useful Guidance for Title IX Compliance

The Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals, in Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District, recently affirmed a district court’s judgment granting declaratory and injunctive relief to the plaintiffs in a class action suit brought pursuant to Title IX, … Read more

FAPE-Based Approach to Bullying Complaints

On October 21, 2014, United States Assistant Secretary Catherine Lhamon issued another Dear Colleague Letter on the topic of bullying of students with disabilities.  This is the fourth letter from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) or … Read more

Equal Access for All: Department of Education Issues Guidance on Educational Resources Equity

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Education, Catherine Lhamon, recently issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to states, school districts and schools to ensure that students have equal access to educational resources. The guidance, issued by the … Read more

Report Highlights Different State Approaches to Tenure and Reduction in Force

Recent years have brought a considerable amount of activity among the states in the areas of teacher tenure and reduction in force. Although the Connecticut General Assembly has not yet taken action in these areas, understanding what action has been … Read more

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Teacher Evaluation System

Across the county, states are implementing new teacher evaluation systems which rely upon student results on state standardized tests to evaluate teacher performance. These new systems are facing political and legal challenges from teacher groups who object to these new … Read more

U.S. Department of Ed Orders Improved Bleachers Removed Because of Title IX Violation

A Michigan school district was surprised recently when the U.S. Department of Education issued a decision that required them to take down baseball bleachers that were recently improved as the result of fund raising by a booster group. The baseball … Read more

West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Vaccination Requirements

The requirement that students receive state-required vaccinations before being allowed to attend public school is coming under increased challenge from parents who choose to “opt-out” of vaccination requirements. The Supreme Court of West Virginia recently upheld the exclusion of a … Read more

Maine Court Rules That Transgender Student has Right to Use Bathroom Facilities of Her Choice

Maine’s highest court has ruled that a school district discriminated against a transgender student when it barred her from using the girls’ restroom, in response to community pressure, after school officials had previously allowed her to use it. The Maine … Read more

States Send Letter to Department of Education Stating That They Won’t Share Student Data

Education chiefs from 34 states have made a public declaration that their states will not share personally identifiable student data with the federal government. In a letter sent to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on January 23, 2014, the state … Read more

Department of Education Report Flags Connecticut for Shortfalls in NCLB Waiver Plan

According to monitoring reports released by the U.S. Department of Education, six states have been flagged for challenges with the implementation of their proposals, following being granted NCLB waivers by the Department a year ago.  Federal officials have raised red … Read more

Challenges in Implementation of Race to the Top

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued their first official assessment of the progress that twelve states have made in implementing their reform plans following their receipt of Race to the Top grants. The state-by-state reports show that most winners … Read more

Congress Passes “EduJobs” Bill; Will Provide $110 Million in Education Aid for Connecticut

On Tuesday, Congress passed legislation providing $26 billion in new education and Medicare aid to the states. The $10 billion in education funding included in the controversial legislation, commonly referred to as “EduJobs,” is intended to preserve teaching jobs. Connecticut … Read more

Connecticut Denied Race to the Top Grant

Despite the passage of educational reforms intended to bolster Connecticut’s Race to the Top application, Connecticut was not among the 19 finalists for the federal competitive grant program announcedon Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Connecticut has therefore been eliminated from Phase … 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

Obama Administration Outlines Proposal to Revise “No Child Left Behind”

The Obama Administration has provided a first look at the revisions that it is proposing for No Child Left Behind. According to a report in the New York Times, the proposed revisions would replace the Act’s requirement that schools and … 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