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HTMLCommentary: Newtown School Lawsuit Offers Painful Casting of Blame
Michael P. McKeon; GrayRobinson P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 13, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015
"Well-aware"? "Easily observed and understood"? And so, with such allegations, the shared grief that tightly bound the victims of Sandy Hook is sundered, the survivors of two children faulting teachers and aides who also perished that day for their own unbearable loss.

 

HTMLClear Thinking: The State Board of Education’s Concussion Education Plan and Guidelines for Connecticut Schools
Michael P. McKeon; GrayRobinson P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 13, 2015, previously published on February 2015
With each new year, it seems as if Connecticut legislators collectively agree to the same resolution - create new legal obligations for local and regional school boards. This year is no different. Although passed in early 2014, the most sweeping components of Public Act 14-66, entitled “An...

 

Adobe PDFRevision to the Regulations of the Commissioner Regarding Student Residency Procedures
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2015, previously published on December 22, 2014
The Board of Regents has adopted an emergency rule ("the Rule") significantly amending Section 100.2(y) of the Regulations of the Commissioner with regard to student residency procedures. The rationale supporting this emergency action is to protect the constitutional rights of...

 

HTMLBullying Not Allowed in Alberta Schools - Including Bullying Based on Sexual Orientation
Teresa R. Haykowsky, David D. Risling; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2014
The Alberta Legislature is concerned with bullying in schools, as evidenced by its recent discussion of Bill 202, Safe and Inclusive Schools Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, and Bill 10, An Act to Amend the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect our Children. It again is timely to highlight the court's...

 

HTMLAccommodation of Religious Beliefs at School
Teresa R. Haykowsky, David D. Risling; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2014
Last week the media reported that York University Professor Paul Grayson refused a male student’s request to be separated from female classmates during a class activity for religious reasons. The student had been required, as part of his online course, to work in a face to face group activity.

 

Adobe PDFThe Application Of The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act In Litigation
Elizabeth A. Gilbert; Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 26, 2014, previously published on Fall 2014
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. §1232g, applies to any educational institution or agency that receives federal funds. The Act requires these institutions to have a policy that allows students and their parents to have the right to inspect and review the...

 

HTMLDiversity Hiring Coalition Event
Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 14, 2014
On Thursday, November 13th, Diversity Hiring Coalition and Portland Adult Education hosted a Meet & Greet Networking Event for Professional New Mainers held at the Portland Public Library. Our own Director of HR, Mary Beth Turcotte, is co-chair of the DHC and welcomed the 22 employers, from...

 

HTMLCalifornia Attorney General Offers Guidance on Scope of Government Code Section 1090
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently issued two opinions illuminating the scope of Government Code section 1090, the powerful and far-reaching provision of law that prohibits a government official from being “financially interested” in any contract made by him or her in an...

 

HTMLIt Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014
An amendment to Government Code section 1090 now makes it a felony for any person to aid and abet a government official in violating the conflict of interest provisions of the Code. This amendment, made possible with the passage of SB 952, advances the ability of prosecutors to charge all persons,...

 

HTMLUse of School Grounds for Campaign and Election Activities
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on October 27, 2014
With the election just days away, school superintendents, board members, administrators and principals are often confronted with requests to permit electioneering activity on campus, or even the uninvited appearances of candidates or citizens campaigning for a candidate or proposition on the ballot.

 


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