Monthly Archives: January 2015

CDC Issues Guidance on School Ebola Risk Assessment and Response

Many will recall the recent incident where a Connecticut school district barred a student, who had recently returned from Lagos, Nigeria, from school for twenty-one days due to Ebola concerns. While the propriety of the district’s actions have been questioned by some, including the student’s parents, who filed a lawsuit, no one can dispute that…

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Pullman & Comley’s Inaugural Statewide Education Law Conference (February 27, 2015)

Pullman & Comley’s School Law Practice is pleased to invite you to our first annual statewide seminar, “Key Trends in Education Law for 2015: What You Need to Know.” This half-day program will feature developments in the Freedom of Information Act, trends in collective bargaining, legal Issues involving student “sexting” and related misconduct, bullying and…

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What Can Schools Expect from this Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On January 7, 2015, the 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began.  Adjournment is scheduled for June 3, 2015.   We can expect that a plethora of proposed bills affecting Connecticut school districts will be unleashed during the session, most of which will never see the light of day. The Education Committee will be the…

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Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney to Focus on Discrimination in Schools

Educational institutions – including public and private schools, colleges, and universities – may have to defend various types of discrimination claims brought by students, and in various arenas.  In addition to federal court litigation of Title IX sex discrimination and sexual harassment cases (which are much in the news lately), schools must also respond to…

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The Ends Justify The Means: Ha v. Northwestern University and Responding to Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

The recent decision in Ha v. Northwestern University,   reiterates the leeway educational institutions have under Title IX when crafting a response to claims of sexual harassment.  The plaintiff in Ha alleged that in February 2012, when she was a freshman, a professor, Peter Ludlow, sexually assaulted her at his off-campus apartment after he had “caused her…

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Deleted E-Mails? What Happens to the CCJEF Litigation Now?

This one should be pretty obvious, but for the record, it’s never a good idea to destroy potential evidence. For better or worse, however, it looks like the possible destruction of evidence will now be the focal point of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding’s [“CCJEF”] long-running case against the State of Connecticut. …

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