The Nutmeg Board of Education is in the thick of its budget deliberations, and the members are having trouble establishing priorities. Board members Red Cent and Penny Pincher are still smarting from the budget overrun in special education costs last … Read more
At a recent meeting of the Nutmeg Board of Education, “security matters” was on the Board agenda. When the Board reached that item, Mrs. Superintendent told the Board that she has some ideas for improving school security, and she suggested … Read more
Mr. Chairperson has had his hands full with two new members of the Nutmeg Board of Education. Mal Content and Chrissie Critical were elected to the Board just last November, but they quickly started antagonizing Mr. Chairperson and the other … Read more
Dear Legal Mailbag:
For the last five years as the principal of an elementary school, I have done my very best to stay under the … Read more
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 meeting, Mr. … Read more
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
The Freedom of Information Commission (the “Commission”) recently addressed an issue concerning the confidentiality of records related to a school district’s teacher evaluation process. In Treat-Perry v. East Haddam Public Schools, FIC 2014-034, the Commission addressed a complaint involving … Read more
The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission (the “Commission”) recently issued a number of decisions that reaffirmed principles of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which regularly confront Boards of Education.
In Baer v. Thompson Board of Education, FIC 2013-781, … Read more
The fact that a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request is burdensome, even very burdensome involving thousands of documents, does not relieve a public agency from its duty of responding to the request. As a case in point, consider complainant … Read more
The Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC) recently held that emails about political action taken by the Easton Board of Selectman, as they sought to refute statements from political opponents, did not constitute a violation of the Freedom of Information Act … Read more
In a unique case of first impression the Freedom of Information Commission (“FOIC”) has ruled that a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) complaint survives the death of the complainant. Lee Smith had filed a FOIA complaint against the Middletown Public … Read more
The failure of the members of a public agency to speak loudly enough during a public meeting is a violation of the statutory requirement that meetings be “open to the public,” according to a recent ruling of the Freedom of … Read more
The Freedom of Information Commission recently ruled that a meeting of a municipal official and a group of volunteers under his supervision did not qualify as a “meeting” under the Freedom of Information Act and need not be open to … Read more
A municipality that entered into executive session to discuss written concerns from residents was found to be in violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Freedom of Information Commission (Commission).
At a meeting of the Board of … Read more
The Freedom of Information Commission has ruled that the evidentiary portion of the 2010 Torrington teachers’ interest arbitration hearing should have been open to the public. The State Department of Education and the arbitration panel had argued that the arbitration … Read more
A federal appeals court recently held that the interview notes of attorneys hired by a public school to investigate allegations of suspected sexual abuse of students by a teacher were protected by the attorney client and work product privilege from … Read more
In its first decision involving the definition of the “emergency” provision of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently rejected the Town of Ridgefield’s claim that the Board of Selectmen was justified in holding an emergency … Read more
The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission (the “Commission”) recently ruled that a town board violated the Freedom of Information Act when the executive director of the board polled four board members by telephone to determine whether they would support the … Read more
The Arizona Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling providing that the hidden data embedded in electronic public records — sometimes referred to as metadata — is a public record that must be disclosed under Arizona’s public records law. … Read more