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|U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Use of Race-Based Preferences in State University Admissions Decisions|
Suheily Natal; Ford & Harrison LLP;
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 25, 2014Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an amendment to the Michigan constitution that prohibits the use of race-based preferences as part of the admissions process for all state universities. See Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (BAMN), 2014 U.S. LEXIS 2932 (U.S....
|Municipal Bond Market Absorbs Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s Decision that Teacher Pension Reform Legislation is Unconstitutional Contract Impairment|
William W. Kannel, Leonard Weiser-Varon; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
April 28, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014The latest swerve in the rollercoaster that is Puerto Rico public finance occurred on April 11 with the release of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s ruling striking down as unconstitutional the bulk of the territory’s teacher pension reform legislation. The outcome of the case creates...
|Iowa Supreme Court Reverses High School Coach’s Conviction for Sexual Exploitation|
Ryan G. Koopmans; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
April 25, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014It’s a crime in Iowa for a “school employee”-defined as “an administrator, teacher, or other licensed professional”-to have sexual contact with a student. On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a high school basketball coach who holds a coaching authorization,...
|Supreme Court Ruling Exposes Continuing Division on Use of Race in Higher Education Admissions|
Catherine C. Deneke, Dean Richlin, Robert E. Toone; Foley Hoag LLP;
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014Today’s ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action shows that the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court remain fundamentally divided about the future of race-conscious admission policies in higher education. While the Court’s holding on the right of Michigan voters to...
|APPR Decision of the Nassau County Supreme Court|
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 8, 2014A recent decision of the Nassau County Supreme Court serves as an important reminder that school districts and BOCES must take into account the Annual Professional Performance Reviews ("APPR") of their teachers and principals when making employment decisions. In Evans v. Board of...
|Flag On The Play: Will Unions Change the Game of College Sports?|
Paul H. Burmeister; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014In a historic move, members of the Northwestern University football team recently took initial steps to form a union and seek collective-bargaining rights with the university. Shortly thereafter, the team filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a decision that has some...
|NLRB Regional Director Allows College Football Players to Vote to Unionize|
Duane Morris LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014On March 26, 2014, Peter Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB or "the Board") Regional Director for Chicago (the "RD"), held that scholarship players on Northwestern University's football team are "employees" under Section 2(3) of the National Labor...
|Transgender Issues Highlight Tensions Between Students' Rights To Liberty And Privacy|
Daniel C. Perkins; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014In the wake of controversy over school vouchers, fights over appropriate curriculum, and the endless battles to decide whether school funding is adequate, the nation’s public and private schools certainly have their share of problems to overcome. It is no wonder that issues pertaining to...
|College Savings for Students With Special Needs|
Leah M. McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
April 8, 2014, previously published on April 2014Faced with the increasing cost of higher education, students and their families must begin saving for college from an early age -- often from birth. 529 College Savings Plans offer families a great opportunity to set aside money for a child's college education, especially since funds held in 529...
|Education MBR Voted Out Of Committee|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 7, 2014, previously published on April 4, 2014House Bill 487, the K-12 education portion of the governor’s Mid-Biennium Review package passed out of the House Education Committee this week.