Are the Records of School Resource Officers or School Security Officers Considered School Records Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”)?

With respect to FERPA and its requirements regarding the disclosure of student records and personally identifiable student information, there are different rules in place for “school security” officials that are based upon their affiliation. Why is it important to determine who a school district’s law enforcement unit is (or if it even has a law…

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HEALTH AND SAFETY EXCEPTION TO FERPA’S CONFIDENTIALITY REQUIREMENTS

In this day and age where, sadly, tragedies have struck numerous schools across the country, the question of when schools are allowed to share personally identifiable student information with law enforcement frequently arises. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) allows schools to share education records when the disclosure is necessary to protect the…

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One more thing from the Connecticut General Assembly: School Construction Bill Passes During a “Special Session”

As you are aware from these pages, Connecticut’s General Assembly produced a plethora of bills affecting the schools during its 2019 regular session.  As they say in late night TV infomercials, yes, there’s more.  In a brief special session that was convened and adjourned on July 22, 2019, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill No.…

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The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting the Schools

The 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on June 5, 2019. The legislature passed significant labor and employment legislation that addressed, inter alia, remedies for sexual harassment and employment discrimination and increases in the minimum wage; these bills are summarized in posts on our firm’s labor and employment blog, Working Together.  In addition,…

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“The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Employers (Part Two)

As part of a two part post, we recently wrote about the passage of several bills of great importance from the recently concluded 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly addressing, among other things, remedies for sexual harassment and employment discrimination, increases in the minimum wage, and paid family and medical leave. The remaining…

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The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Employers (Part One)

The 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on June 5, 2019.  The legislature passed significant labor and employment legislation that addressed, inter alia, remedies for sexual harassment and employment discrimination and increases in the minimum wage; these bills are summarized in posts on our firm’s labor and employment blog, Working Together. Please…

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KIPP Academy and the NLRB. What Will a Ruling Mean for Connecticut’s Charter Schools?

An interesting question is now pending before the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”): Are labor disputes at charter schools “sufficiently substantial” to effect interstate commerce?  If the answer is yes then the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) – the federal law that guarantees most private-sector workers’ collective bargaining rights – will continue to apply to…

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So You Want To Hire A New Superintendent: What Does The FOIA Permit (And Require)?

We are approaching a time of year where a board of education may have to deal with its long time and (hopefully) beloved superintendent deciding to retire or otherwise move on to another chapter in his or her life. Any feelings of sadness (or any other emotions) must be replaced by the fact that the…

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Schools May Expel Students for Personal Journal Entries

We have previously discussed the tension between a school district’s discipline for social media posts and the protections of the First Amendment. Click here. Indeed, as the United States Supreme Court said in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent County School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969). public school students do not forfeit their “constitutional rights to…

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