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Maine Labor Board Finds That Common Proposals Are Non-Negotiable Educational Policy

The educational policy doctrine is an important – if sometimes ignored – component of Maine labor law. This rule removes from the negotiating table those “foundational educational value judgments,”2 which the elected school committee, rather than an outside arbitrator, should be responsible for. This rule inevitably raises the questions ...

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After-Market Door Devices Can Risk Fire Safety

The school shooting tragedies in Parkland, Florida, and elsewhere have all schools redoubling planning efforts around school safety. In particular, many schools are rethinking classroom safety and door security in the event of a lockdown. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, for example...

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

Hanging on Every Word: Google Vault and Draft Emails

More and more school units are moving to Google’s G Suite for Education for many of their educational software needs. G Suite for Education provides all of the applications typically ...

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Summer 2018

Laura J. O'Neill
Guidance from DOE on Videos as Education Records

Here’s a common scenario. A fight breaks out in a hallway between Student A and Student B. Student C, a bystander, gets injured. All the while, a video camera silently captures the scuffle...

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

Managing the Public's Use of School Unit Social Media

It is becoming more common for school units, schools, and even individual departments, clubs, or teams, to have dedicated social media accounts and/or pages. Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, can be an extremely effective tool for quickly conveying information to broad or targeted audiences alike. ...

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Ninth Circuit Finds Prayer at School Board Meetings Unconstitutional

In the ongoing effort by courts to determine how the First Amendment interacts with schools and school governance, a federal appellate court has taken up the issue of whether school boards are allowed to have a policy and practice of permitting religious exercise during board meetings, including religious prayer. This article examines that recent case, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education, et al., and offers readers some thoughts on guidance we can take from that decision.

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

August 9, 2018

Anna B. Cole
Relevancy of the NLRA/NLRB to the NH Workplace

Despite a seemingly perennial discussion of Right-to-Work legislation in the state, as of 2017, only 83,309 New Hampshire employees are represented by labor unions, of which only 5.1% (27,649) are employed in the public sector...

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New Hampshire Business Review

Employment & Labor
 

July 11, 2018

Mark T. Broth
Do Your Job Titles Reflect Your Brand?

We are all somewhat familiar with the concept of “branding.”  While it can be defined in different ways, branding generally refers to the attempt to generate an emotional response towards a particular product or business. 

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New Hampshire Town and City

Employment & Labor
 

Responding to Student Threats and Imposing Discipline

One of the most difficult tasks school administrators face is how to respond quickly and effectively to student threats against the school community. Increasingly, student threats are being communicated via email and social media.

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

Spring 2018

Isabel B. Ekman
Special Education Student Removal Litigation on the Rise

Here’s a common problem: one of your students threatens school violence, brings a weapon to school, intentionally hurts a classmate or teacher, or otherwise engages in dangerous behavior...

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