Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney. Dear Legal Mailbag: I very much enjoy the Legal Mailbag, and I have a simple question for you. I’m wondering what can and cannot be placed in students’ cumulative files. In particular, I’m wondering about DCF 136 Forms, school records of behavioral/academic interventions, etc. Thank you, A Fan …
As the holiday break grows near, the members of the Nutmeg Board of Education have been on their best behavior, almost mellow in tone, dutifully moving through the agenda for each meeting. Things changed at the meeting last week, however, when veteran Board member Bob Bombast moved to add an item to the agenda: Investigation into Unauthorized Trip. Fellow Board member Mal Content was intrigued, and he seconded the motion without knowing what Bob was…
Unions have been actively organizing graduate students, while wanting to avoid having the National Labor Relations Board involved. They are particularly concerned that President Trump’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board, who are now a majority of the Board members, will revisit and reverse the Columbia University decision. That decision determined that graduate students were employees and could organize and bargain collectively. Already, the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago have refused to…
Join Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Gwen J. Zittoun and Peter J. Maher as they present a complimentary webinar addressing the legal restrictions and requirements relating to the use of physical restraint, seclusion and exclusionary time out with students in schools. The webinar will also focus on the 2018 legislative changes. By January 1, 2019, boards of education are required to implement policies and procedures concerning the use of exclusionary time out; this webinar will include the legal requirements…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney.Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of an elementary school, I love the holiday season. Every year, I cannot wait to get through Thanksgiving dinner to start the festivities. Of course, I enjoy the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But nothing compares to the joy of picking out a fresh Christmas tree to decorate and place in the foyer…
Shipman & Goodwin attorney Leander A. Dolphin will participate in the panel discussion “#Metoo: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment in the Professional Workplace” hosted by the University of Saint Joseph. When: November 26, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST Where: University of Saint Joseph West Hartford Campus, Crystal Room For more information, please click here.…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney. Dear Legal Mailbag: One of the teachers in my building is quite involved in political affairs and he regularly posts commentary on his blog. This week, however, I think that he went too far. Posting about the results of the recent election, he offered the observation that the mayor and entire political establishment in my town should be very worried…
On November 5, 2018 the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations addressing the filing requirements related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s federal excise taxes on an exempt organization’s executive compensation in excess of $1,000,000 and excess parachute payments. The proposed regulations provide that IRS Form 4720, Return of Certain Excise Taxes, is to be used for reporting the excise taxes and that Form 4720 must be filed by the 15th day of the…
Shipman & Goodwin attorney Leander A. Dolphin will discuss the intersection of conduct and disability within higher education at an upcoming event sponsored by the Connecticut Association on Higher Education and Disability (“CT AHEAD”). When: November 9, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST Where: Central Connecticut State University Memorial Hall, Constitution Room 201 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT Click here for more information on the event.  …
School law attorney Thomas Mooney will be a presenter at the 2018 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention Connecticut’s Future: Transforming Schools, Transforming Lives.  Tom will present a workshop based on a mock board meeting, which is patterned on the CABE Journal’s “See You In Court” column. The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Nutmeg Board of Education is designed to amuse and educate participants, while the actions of the Nutmeg Board will…