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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADA Does Not Restrict School Districts When Teachers Can’t Perform Essential Functions of Job

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

Employers Must Update Their EEO Posters

Employers with 15 or more employees must now update the information they post regarding discrimination laws to include information about the newly enacted Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). GINA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis … Read more

Rhode Island Commissioner Halts Use of Seniority for Teacher Assignments

Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist recently ordered all school districts in Rhode Island to cease using teacher seniority as the sole determinant of teacher assignment. Click here for the press release. The Superintendent cited the state’s new Basic … Read more

Seventh Circuit Hears Non-Renewed Teacher’s Discrimination Suit

A teacher whose one-year contract with a school district was not renewed filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging retaliatory discharge, First Amendment retaliation and national origin discrimination. The Seventh Circuit reversed the ruling of the lower court dismissing … Read more