School Law

Emerging School Law Issues

Today’s classrooms place considerable importance on providing environments conducive to learning.  Issues surrounding disruptive behavior, student and staff safety, anonymous reporting, and student-initiated electronic monitoring are becoming more prevalent, and now more than ever, school administrators are evaluating their approach to classroom management. Join Shipman & Goodwin school law attorneys for this timely workshop providing a discussion of the emerging issues in this rapidly evolving space, including an analysis of recent legislation and legal requirements.…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney. Dear Legal Mailbag: As an assistant principal at a large high school, it falls to me to classify absences for the purpose of the “chronic absenteeism” calculation we must do. We have our challenges at my school, and we are always close to being a school with chronic absenteeism. As you must know, if my school is so categorized, we…
Shipman & Goodwin attorney Peter Maher has been quoted in the Special Ed Connection® article “ Your guide to avoiding progress monitoring missteps.” To read the full article, please click here. Reprinted with permission from: Special Ed Connection®. © 2019 LRP Publications, 360 Hiatt Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. All rights reserved. Special Ed Connection® is your go-to source for compliance guidance and use-today solutions for all your day-to-day special education responsibilities. For FREE access or…
Three female students recently filed a Title IX class action lawsuit seeking damages against Yale University. They allege that the University subjected them to a sexually hostile educational environment by failing to take remedial action as women were sexually harassed and abused at fraternity parties. The students also allege that they were denied equal access to the social, professional, and economic resources and opportunities that all-male fraternities provide. Yale argues that they have limited ability…
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…
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…
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…