On the one year anniversary of the lives lost in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, our thoughts go out to the families, friends and all those impacted by last year’s tragedy. School safety is a top priority and Husch Blackwell’s Education team is hosting a School Safety Symposium featuring guest speaker , former FBI agent, who specializes in threat responses and assessment. Learn more and register here: https://lnkd.in/eWwjiH7…
Student handbooks are essential documents for independent schools, therefore it is important that handbooks are up to date and reflective of school policies. Join Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Julie Fay and Thad Bochain for this complimentary webinar as they provide an overview of key provisions that should be included in your school’s student handbook along with other recommended best practices and emerging trends. This presentation will also include a review of legal and practical issues related to…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney. Dear Legal Mailbag: I am sure that you have heard about all the issues with DCF reporting. With the arrest of a number of educators for failing to report suspected abuse or neglect, we are all running a little scared. My personal approach is “better safe than sorry,” and I file a report with DCF whenever something bad happens to…
On January 7, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in Ferguson-Florissant School District v. Missouri Conference of NAACP.  This case involves the Ferguson-Florissant School District (“FFSD”), a St. Louis area school district created after a 1975 desegregation order required the original FFSD to annex two neighboring school districts “to achieve a meaningful desegregation” within one unified district. United States v. Missouri, 515 F.2d 1365, 1366 (8th Cir. 1975) (en banc). This…
The Nutmeg Board of Education is in the thick of its budget deliberations, and the members are having trouble establishing priorities. Board members Red Cent and Penny Pincher are still smarting from the budget overrun in special education costs last year, and they have been arguing that the Board should allocate more money to the special education line item in the 2019-2020 to avoid another problem. By contrast, Ms. Chairperson and Mal Content are presuming…
A Complimentary Discussion sponsored by Shipman & Goodwin LLP as part of our “In Community Series” About the Discussion Shipman & Goodwin’s School Law Practice Group and Diversity & Inclusion Committee are pleased to co-sponsor a panel discussion on what is still widely considered the most persistent problem in public education: the “Achievement Gap.”  This term is commonly used to refer to the gap in academic achievement that separates economically disadvantaged students and students of color…
Student handbooks are essential documents for independent schools, therefore it is important that handbooks are up to date and reflective of school policies. Join Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Julie Fay and Thad Bochain for this complimentary webinar as they provide an overview of key provisions that should be included in your school’s student handbook along with other recommended best practices and emerging trends. This presentation will also include a review of legal and practical issues related to…
The Department of Education (“ED” or the “Department”) issued its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking[1] to amend regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) on November 29, 2018. Comments to the proposed regulation are due on or before January 30, 2019. Here are ten notice requirements the proposed regulation would impose on elementary and secondary schools if they become final.…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney. Dear Legal Mailbag: As a new administrator, I am excited about my new responsibilities, especially the opportunity to evaluate teachers, playing my part in improving instruction for children. Well, I must say that it has been an eye-opening experience. For starters, I have identified one of the most experienced teachers in my school as a poor performer. Her lessons lack…
The Critical Importance of Practicing Your Voir Dire By Thomas M. O’Toole, Ph.D.             Despite what Allen Iverson might say (search “Allen Iverson” and “practice” on YouTube if you do not get this reference), practice is essential to the successful development of any skillset. In competition, competitors get better by practicing. This is why it is surprising to me that most attorneys do not practice their voir dire before the day of jury selection, particularly…