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
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
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
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
A teacher who used a school-issued laptop computer to view pornography did not commit acts sufficient to justify his termination, according to an Ohio appeals court which upheld a trial court’s reversal of the Strasburg-Franklin Board of Education’s termination of … Read more
A board of education serving as a review panel in a teacher termination matter need not review all of the evidence presented to the independent hearing officer, according to the Supreme Court of Wyoming.
After the Lincoln County Board of … 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
A tenured teacher who was laid off due to budget cuts brought an action in Superior Court against her board of education for breach of contract. The court held that an individual employee lacked standing to enforce the provisions of … Read more
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
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
On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, the State Board of Education approved guidelines which will link student performance to teacher evaluations. Under the new guidelines, a portion of a teacher’s evaluation will be based on student standardized test scores and student … Read more
Public Act No. 12-116 sections 39 and 40 eliminate the requirement that professional certificate holders complete 90 CEUs every five years in order to renew their certificates, effective July 1, 2012. Instead, effective July 1, 2013, all certified employees are … Read more
Published in the Hartford Courant, February 26, 2012.
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed comprehensive education reforms involving teacher certification, evaluation and tenure, setting off an exciting, constructive public debate about whether and how to change… Read more
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The U.S. Department of Education recently issued their first official assessment of the progress that twelve states have made in implementing their reform plans following their receipt of Race to the Top grants. The state-by-state reports show that most winners … Read more
Two recent decisions, one from the Sixth Circuit of Appeals and the other from the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, interestingly with both decisions having a plaintiff named Johnson, offer clarification of the accommodations required by school districts pursuant to the … Read more
A ten year teacher in Idaho with a history of depression and bipolar disorder failed to complete her required six semester hours of professional development training, three of which required to be for college credit, in order to maintain her … 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 a recent decision, the Freedom of Information Commission concluded that the evidentiary portion of a teacher interest arbitration hearing conducted under the Teacher Negotiations Act is a “hearing or other proceeding” and is therefore a “meeting,” within the meaning … Read more
Schools need to review their employment policies to ensure compliance with regulations clarifying the employer’s obligations under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, more commonly referred to as “GINA”. These regulations went into effect on January 9, 2011. In particular, Boards … Read more
On December 8, 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report: “Selected Cases of Public and Private Schools that Hired or Retained Individuals with Histories of Sexual Misconduct”. The GAO was asked to examine the circumstances surrounding cases where … Read more
On Tuesday, Congress passed legislation providing $26 billion in new education and Medicare aid to the states. The $10 billion in education funding included in the controversial legislation, commonly referred to as “EduJobs,” is intended to preserve teaching jobs. Connecticut … Read more
Recently the Connecticut Attorney General and Office of the Child Advocate released a report entitled, “Protecting our Children: Improving Protections for Children when Allegations are made that School System Personnel Abused and/or Neglected Children.” This report is based on the … Read more
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has said that the State Teachers Retirement Board must send all teachers who were affected by a security breach a notice that the Board will offer them ” identity theft protection for two years, including at … Read more