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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

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