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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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The Janus Decision: the End of Agency and Fair Share Fees

In Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision, held that requiring non-consenting public employees to pay “agency” or “fair share” fees violates ...

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Fall 2018

Elek A. Miller
Time to Update Your Local Wellness Policy

Changes to federal and state law and regulations mean that school units must update their local wellness policies. This article discusses those changes and provides some guidance to school units ready to make revisions...

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

First Circuit Expands FAPE Obligation to Age 22

Special education administrators and staff are well-familiar with the eligibility requirements contained in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As an initial matter, eligibility to receive special education services depends on whether a student has one of the 14 disabilities enumerated in the IDEA

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Fall 2018
Hot Topics in School Policy

We know it can be hard to keep up with legal and regulatory changes at the state and federal level that may necessitate tweaks to your board-level policies. We have rounded up several of the most recent “hot topics” over the past few months that might require some modifications to your school unit’s policies and/or procedures.

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New Hampshire Constitutional Amendment Grants Taxpayer Standing to Sue

Recently, New Hampshire voters amended our state constitution to permit taxpayers to bring suit against state and local governments, including school districts, when taxpayers are concerned about the misuse of public funds. This constitutional amendment, when combined with New Hampshire’s Right to Know law, is likely to have a significant impact on school districts throughout the state. ...

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

Understanding 'Work to Rule'

In September 2018, the labor union that represents firefighters in the City of Manchester announced their intent to restrict their work activities to those duties identified in their job descriptions and in their collective bargaining agreement...

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November 2, 2018

Kaighn Smith
Unique Considerations at Play: Litigating Indian Law Issues in State and Federal Appellate Courts

Appellate decisions in the field of federal Indian law have the potential to affect
important sovereignty interests of all Indian tribes in a host of unsettled areas. Here are
just a few examples...


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Federal Bar Association, 2018 D.C. Indian Law Conference

Indian Law
 

November 1, 2018

Mark T. Broth
Understanding ''Work to Rule''

During September 2018, the labor union that rep­resents fire fighters in the City of Manchester an­nounced their intent to restrict their work activities...

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September 4, 2018

Mark T. Broth
Agency Fees, Fair Share and the Janus Decision

On June 27, 2018, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, the US Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision, held that requiring non-consenting public employees to pay “agency” or “fair share” fees violates...

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