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Massachusetts’ Supreme Court Finds Colleges May Face Liability for Student Suicide Under Certain Circumstances

Earlier this month, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled favorably for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”) and three school officials in a wrongful death lawsuit closely watched by educational institutions for close to a decade.  The court found that while a special … Read more

NAIS and TABS Task Force Issue Final Report on Educator Sexual Misconduct

The Independent School Task Force on Educator Sexual Misconduct has released its final report, Prevention and Response: Recommendations for Independent School Leaders. This report incorporates feedback submitted in response to the August 2017 draft report released for comment and … Read more

Statutory Changes to Athletic Trainer Laws: What’s New?

Earlier this summer, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act No. 17-195, An Act Concerning Athletic Trainers (the “Act”), which amended the statute governing the professional requirements surrounding athletic trainers. Effective October 1, 2017, Section 1 of the Act amended … Read more

U.S. Department of Education Announces Intention to Review and Replace Title IX Regulations Concerning Sexual Harassment and Violence

On Thursday, in a speech by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos, the Department announced that it would undertake a review of its current Title IX enforcement guidance concerning campus-based sexual harassment and violence. Particularly, Ms. DeVos notified stakeholders … Read more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision in Munn v. Hotchkiss

On Friday, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Munn v. Hotchkiss School, the case involving a private school student who contracted tick-borne encephalitis on a school-sponsored trip to China.  In its ruling, the Supreme Court found unanimously … Read more

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Release Dear Colleague Letters Jointly Announcing New SECURe Rubrics for School Resource Officer Programs

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

State Department of Education Issues Guidance On School Climate Assessments

The Connecticut State Department of Education (“CSDE”) has issued guidance on school climate assessment instruments. All public school districts, including magnet and charter schools, and RESCs, are required to implement Safe School Climate assessments biennially. This requirement went into effect … Read more

School’s Restriction on Students Wearing American Flag Shirts Upheld by Federal Court

A federal appeals court has upheld a California school’s decision to bar white students from wearing shirts depicting the U.S. flag during the school’s Cinco De Mayo celebration. In 2009, Live Oak High School had a Cinco De Mayo celebration … Read more

State Department of Education Releases Report on School Districts’ Use of Restraint and Seclusion

The Connecticut Department of Education (CDE) recently released a report on the use of restraint and seclusion by Connecticut public schools in the 2012-13 school year. According to the report, there were 33,742 separate incidents of restraint and seclusion of … Read more

Massachusetts’ Ruling Suggests Students May Sue Over Bullying if School Officials’ Conduct “Shocks the Conscience”

A recent ruling from a Superior Court judge in Massachusetts suggests that parents may have a cause of action against public school officials for their failure to protect students against bullying. The case involved a middle school student who alleged … Read more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Swine Flu, Including Waivers and Special Education Information

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance regarding flexibility and waivers available to school districts, post-secondary institutions, and other grantees in the event of a H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak.  Included in this guidance is a discussion of how school … Read more

State of Connecticut Releases Restraint and Seclusion Notice Form

The Connecticut State Department of Education has released its parental notice form regarding Restraint and Seclusion. This notice must be provided to parents at (1) the first Planning and Placement Team (“PPT”) meeting following the child’s referral to special education … Read more