On September 8, 2016, the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) jointly released new guidance regarding school resource officer programs. The new Safe School-based Enforcement through Collaboration, … Read more
This post originally appeared on the Connecticut Employment Law Blog.
There’s been lots of talk lately about the Confederate flag and its symbolism in the aftermath of the Charleston shootings.
But I wondered: How has this flag come up … Read more
In response to the Ebola epidemic, the U.S. Department of Education (“USDOE”) has issued a letter to schools and districts providing updated guidance and resources to assist schools and communities in establishing practices and protocols related to Ebola, as well … Read more
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
New York state’s highest court has upheld the discipline of teachers whose picketing during the collective bargaining process created a hazardous situation for students arriving at school.
Teachers at Woodland Middle School in the East Meadow Union School District had … Read more
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
Public agencies are increasingly dealing with issues of employee discipline concerning statements made on social media sites by employees. These situations often involve a balancing of employer interests with an employee’s constitutional right of free speech. A recent decision of … Read more
On April 22, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The case centered on the issue of whether a state may, by a constitutional amendment, bar the use of affirmative action in … Read more
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
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed suit on behalf of a Muslim employee against the Philadelphia School District, alleging that the school district’s employee grooming policy discriminates against him on the basis of religion. In 2010 the school … Read more
A public school teacher alleged that the New York City Department of Education retaliated against her for engaging in protected speech. Specifically, the teacher complained to colleagues that she had contracted “scabies”, in her opinion, from the unhygienic conditions in … Read more
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
Cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas have a practice of putting Bible verses on the banners they hold up at football games. Banners have been painted with phrases such as “If God is for us, who can be against us?” and “But … Read more
A New York Appellate Court has ruled that a student can be suspended for making threats on school grounds without a showing that the student had the intention to carry out the expressed conduct. See R. v. Steiner, No. … Read more
A Federal District court in Pennsylvania has ruled in favor of Loyalsock Township School District in a suit brought by a former student asserting violations of her freedom of association, substantive and procedural due process rights and equal protection rights … Read more
The Missouri State Legislature has passed a social networking law which prohibits communication through websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, between teachers and current students or former students who are still classified as minors under Missouri state law.
The impetus … Read more
In Jones v. Oklahoma City Public Schools, a federal appeals court held that a school employee who was demoted and replaced with a younger worker can pursue her age discrimination claim. Judy Jones began working as a teacher for … Read more
In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hastings College of the Law (“Hastings” or the “law school”), a public law school in California, did not violate the First Amendment when it required a student … Read more
By legislation effective January 1, 2009, Congress expanded the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) so that a greater number of individuals will be considered “disabled” or be “regarded as disabled.” This legislation was intended to reverse the … Read more
Although many Connecticut school districts have policies that permit the administration to bring in drug-detecting dogs to sniff unattended school property (such as student lockers) in an effort to locate illegal drugs, no Connecticut court had addressed the constitutionality of … Read more