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New FMLA Regulations for School Paraprofessionals

On May 12, 2014, the Department of Labor posted and made effective new regulations extending benefits equal to those under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to school paraprofessionals.  The regulations were adopted pursuant to Public Act 12-43, … Read more

Research Shows that Contractual Teacher Work Rules Can Impact a District’s Ability to Address Student Needs

For anyone who has been involved in the collective bargaining process for a teachers’ contract, they are fully aware of the scope and extent of contractual language concerning work rules. Areas such as hiring, layoffs, class size, preparation time, duties, … Read more

Custodian’s Remark About “Bringing the School Down With Me” Sufficient Cause for Termination

The Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration recently held that a board of education possessed just cause to discharge an employee who expressed suicidal feelings to co-workers and joked to a hospital worker that if he were going to … Read more

Arbitrator’s Decision to Reinstate Teacher Failed the Essence Test and Violated Well Established Public Policy of Protecting Students from Sexual Harassment on School Grounds

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has held that an arbitrator’s decision to reinstate a teacher to the classroom after finding he was guilty of inappropriately touching seventh grade female students during academic instruction was not rationally derived from the relevant collective … 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

FOI Commission Rules that Teachers’ Interest Arbitration Hearing Should Have Been Open to the Public

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

Project Opening Doors Award Upheld

Project Opening Doors (“POD”) is a new program offered on a nation-wide basis through the National Math and Science Initiative (“NMSI”). POD is designed to increase the availability of Advanced Placement courses and to increase student achievement by providing students … Read more