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CLE Webinar: Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Employees

Join Shipman & Goodwin labor and employment attorneys Peter Murphy and Greg Jones for this complimentary CLE webinar reviewing effective legal strategies for dealing with difficult employees and the importance of a meaningful approach with regard to employee discipline. Presenters … Read more

SEE YOU IN COURT! – April 2019

The members of the Nutmeg Board of Education want to do what they can to improve student achievement in Nutmeg, which has been lagging in comparison to neighboring towns. The problem has been that there is no money for new … Read more

SEE YOU IN COURT! – March 2019

As the Nutmeg Board of Education was preparing to reconvene into open session after completing its executive session discussion last week, veteran Board member Bob Bombast told the Board to hold up because he had a concern.

Mr. Chairperson recognized … 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

Sixth Circuit: Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Transgender and/or Transitioning Status

Less than one week after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its own landmark Title VII … Read more

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

Discipline of Teachers for Picketing Disruption Upheld

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

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