In its 2018 regular session, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes that affect public education in Connecticut. This summary is intended to give you a brief overview of some of the more significant changes that were made this year in the area of education. In addition, for more information about new legislation affecting employers in general, please see our Employment Legislation Summary.

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Photo of Thomas B. Mooney Thomas B. Mooney

Tom is Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group and is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. Tom is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (8th Edition, 2014), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law, and two monthly columns, “See You in Court!,” which appears in the CABE Journal, and “Legal Mailbag,” which appears in the CAS Bulletin.

Photo of Linda L. Yoder Linda L. Yoder

Linda serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s School Law Practice Group and has more than 25 years of experience advising public and independent schools and colleges on education matters. Linda has worked with many school districts throughout the state on general education, litigation and special education matters. She currently focuses her practice in the areas of special education, investigations of discrimination claims including Title IX, sexual harassment or race discrimination, and representation of schools in administrative and court litigation matters involving such areas as First Amendment rights, student discipline, or contract disputes.

Photo of Peter J. Maher Peter J. Maher

Peter is a member of the School Law Practice Group. He served as law clerk to the Hon. Thomas Vanaskie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. While attending the University of Connecticut School of Law, Peter was the Assistant Managing Editor of the Connecticut Law Review. Before obtaining his law degree, he was a lead teacher at Centennial School of Lehigh University, where he taught special education.

Photo of Natalie S. Wagner Natalie S. Wagner

Natalie Wagner is a member of the firm’s School Law Practice Group and provides guidance to public schools and other educational institutions on a variety of general education and special education law matters. She has extensive experience in education administration and policy. Natalie has particular experience in the areas of school funding, including minimum budget requirements and Medicaid reimbursements; state regulatory matters; confidentiality of student records; data privacy; mandatory reporting requirements; school climate; school discipline; graduated response models; and strategies for addressing racial imbalance and chronic absenteeism.