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|This Week at the Iowa Supreme Court|
Ryan G. Koopmans; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
March 17, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014It’s a busy two days for the Iowa Supreme Court. Today, the justices will hear argument in eight cases, and tomorrow they’ll travel to Clarinda where they’ll take in two more cases and visit several Southwest Iowa schools.
|Adjustments To Common Core Implementation|
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
March 17, 2014The State Board of Regents' P-12 Education and Higher Education Committees have adopted several reform measures that were recommended by a P-12 Education Committee Work Group regarding the implementation of the new Common Core Standards. In December 2013, this Work Group was tasked with reviewing...
|Kansas Supreme Court Issues Ruling in School Finance Case|
Bryan E. Mouber; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
March 17, 2014, previously published on March 7, 2014This morning, in a decision of interest to many residents and practitioners in Kansas the Supreme Court of Kansas issued its long-anticipated ruling in the school finance case, and held:
|Department of Education Issues Draft Regulation Implementing Campus SaVE’s Changes to the Clery Act|
Joseph W. Cornelison; Husch Blackwell LLP;
March 14, 2014, previously published on March 11, 2014The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act was enacted as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, and its provisions amend various aspects of the Clery Act dealing with campus safety and security procedures and reporting. Every postsecondary institution participating...
|Protect Your Children From "One-Click" Liability Schools Must Reform Cyberbullying and Sexting Policies|
Brett M. Renzenbrink; Strauss Troy Co., L.P.A.;
March 12, 2014, previously published on February 27, 2014Children “sexting” is considered pornography under Ohio law, even if it is from a minor child to another minor child. And, cyberbullying is a crime. Here’s what you need to know to protect your children.
|School-Facilitated Internships: No Worries, Right?|
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on February 28, 2014We have long warned that one should not simply assume that an internship associated with or sponsored by an educational institution falls outside of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's requirements. Our caution includes situations in which the intern receives academic credit for the time so...
|University Professor’s Religious Speech Not Protected, Mississippi Federal Court Rules|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014Finding a professor’s reported comments to students regarding his religious beliefs were not protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a federal court in Mississippi granted summary judgment in favor of a state university on the professor’s retaliation claim. Payne...
|University Entitled to Fee Award after Defending Meritless Discrimination Claim, California Court Rules|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014Finding an employee’s lawsuit under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) was “without merit[,] frivolous and vexatious,” the California Court of Appeal has affirmed an award of attorneys’ fees in the amount of $100,000 in favor of the employer....
|The Constitutional Rights of Students Wearing American Flag Shirts on Cinco de Mayo Were Not Violated When They Were Required to Remove or Turn Their Shirts Inside Out or Leave School for the Day To Prevent Substantial Disruption or Violence at the School|
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann Girard A Law Corporation;
March 10, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014On Cinco de Mayo 2010, when school officials at a California high school became aware of a potential altercation between two groups of students, they asked the students wearing shirts bearing images of the American flag to remove or turn their shirts inside out or leave school for the day as an...
|There is Such a Thing as Over-Sharing: Former Employee Forfeits Portion of Settlement Payment After Daughter Discloses Settlement on Facebook|
Jessica W. Catlow; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 7, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014It seems like every day there is a new case highlighting novel and evolving issues employers confront when people disclose information via social media. The latest example involves a hapless college-age daughter in Florida that caused her father to forfeit his settlement payment from a former...