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Title IX Procedures and The Need for Fairness to All Parties

Recent headlines make clear that sexual harassment is a serious problem in our society. It has also been a focus of attention on school campuses. Since the adoption of Title IX, colleges and universities, as well as other educational institutions, … Read more

High School Sleuths Expose Questionable Credentials of New Principal

Earlier this month in the city of Pittsburg, Kansas, a group of curious student journalists raised serious questions about the credentials of their newly hired principal, Amy Robertson.  According to the Kansas City Star, Robertson had received 100 percent … Read more

State Board of Education Adopts PEAC Recommendation Regarding Use of Master Tests in Educator Evaluation Plans

At its meeting on April 5, 2017, the State Board of Education voted to adopt the March 29, 2017 recommendation of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) concerning the use of state mastery test data in educator evaluation plans.  As … Read more

Register Now for Teacher Evaluations in Connecticut: Where Are We Now?

It has been nearly five years since the Connecticut General Assembly adopted Public Act 12-116 titled An Act Concerning Educational Reform, and most importantly, made changes to Section 10-151b regarding the teacher evaluation process.  Changes to Section 10-151b provide that … Read more

Teacher Retirement Board Issues Revised Guidelines for the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

On June 29, 2016, the Teacher Retirement Board (“TRB”) issued new guidance concerning the reemployment of retired teachers. One of the new and significant guidelines for post-retirement employment concerned the application of federal rules to qualified pension plans. Specifically, TRB … Read more

Superior Court Judge Rules Connecticut Education System Unconstitutional

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher ruled in the case of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, x07 HHD 14-5037565-S, that the current Connecticut education system violates the state constitution.  … Read more

Connecticut Unaffected by Federal Court Order Forbidding Enforcement of Transgender Guidance

Recently, a federal district court in Texas sided with Texas and several other states that challenged federal guidance instructing schools to accommodate transgender students under federal anti-discrimination laws.   The preliminary injunction, issued on the eve of a new school year, … Read more

Teacher Retirement Board Issues Revised Guidelines for the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

On June 29, 2016, the Teacher Retirement Board (“TRB”) issued new guidance concerning the reemployment of retired teachers. One of the new and significant guidelines for post-retirement employment concerned the application of federal rules to qualified pension plans. Specifically, TRB … Read more

TRB Issues New Guidance Concerning the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

On June 17, 2015, Connecticut’s Attorney General issued an opinion concerning the “statutory limits on the compensation provided to reemployed teachers (including superintendents and other administrators) pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat.§ 10-183v(a).” Based on his analysis of the language of … Read more

Teacher’s Reduction in Hours to Half-Time Does Not Constitute a Termination

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

Teacher’s Challenge to Termination Because of Blog Denied

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

Report Highlights Different State Approaches to Tenure and Reduction in Force

Recent years have brought a considerable amount of activity among the states in the areas of teacher tenure and reduction in force. Although the Connecticut General Assembly has not yet taken action in these areas, understanding what action has been … Read more

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Teacher Evaluation System

Across the county, states are implementing new teacher evaluation systems which rely upon student results on state standardized tests to evaluate teacher performance. These new systems are facing political and legal challenges from teacher groups who object to these new … 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

Michigan Teacher Sues School District for Requiring Her to Have Psychological Exam

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

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

Attorneys Jessica Ritter and Jessica Stein to Give Live Audio Seminar on “Social Networking and Electronic Communications: Issues for Public Schools”

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

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