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Winter 2019

Eric R. Herlan
Court Rules for School's Defense of Student Rights Against Parental Onslaught

In a case defying all misguided stereotypes about schools, the First Circuit Court of Appeals (First Circuit) has ruled in favor of Regional School Unit 72 in the school’s defense of student rights against a parental effort to impose “remedy caps” on special education claims.

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Reasonable Accommodation Reminder: Use the Interactive Process

One of the most frequent questions we hear from school employers is how to respond to an employee’s request (or a request from the employee’s health care provider) for some change to their job duties, schedule, ...

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Affordable Care Act Update

On December 14, 2018, a federal district court in Texas issued a declaratory judgment that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was unconstitutional. The recent Texas court ruling...

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

Winter 2019

Laura J. O'Neill
The FAPE Standard Stays Put

The standard in our circuit (the First Circuit Court of Appeals) for judging Individualized Education Programs (or IEPs) remains good law in the wake of Endrew F. – so says the First Circuit in a recent decision out of Massachusetts. In Johnson v. Boston Public ....

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Winter 2019

Eric R. Herlan
Court Rules for School on Non-Attending Student; Good News or Cautionary Tale

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case out of Virginia has recently ruled in favor of a public school in a dispute over whether the school should have identified a child much sooner for special education based on her nonattendance at school...

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Proposed Seismic Shift in Title IX Responsibilities for K-12 Nationwide

Sexual harassment claims remain among the most sensitive, complex, and challenging issues with which schools continue to grapple. As reported in previous editions of the School Law Advisory, the U.S. Department of Education...

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

2018 Estate Planning Year in Review

Don't miss this review of the latest developments in the estate planning realm.  The year 2018 was full of new developments and attorney David Backer breaks it down with his insight and witty prose. 

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January 3, 2019

Mark T. Broth
Local Government Deserves our Support

In July 2018, Business NH Magazine published a list of the five largest employers in each of the State’s ten counties.  Interestingly, local governments (either counties, municipalities, or school districts) were among the top five in seven counties.

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New Law Requires Reports of Educator Investigations

In September, the Maine Legislature passed L.D. 1924, An Act To Improve Information Sharing Relating to  Investigations of Educators, which requires school units to notify the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) when they commence and when they complete certain investigations related to covered employees. The law, which takes effect ...

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