Monthly Archives: February 2015

Common Core Redux: Is There a Solution To The “Opt Out” Debate?

Almost exactly a year ago, my colleagues Michael P. McKeon and Zachary D. Schurin penned a piece on this blog that explored the deceptively simple question of whether parents could “legally” opt their children out of the Common Core-based “Smarter Balanced Assessment Test” [“SBAC”].   Attorneys McKeon and Schurin aptly offered that “while there is language…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 25 Public Hearing

As promised previously, we will be keeping you up to date with developments in the General Assembly.  On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills: S.B. No. 942 AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GOVERNOR CONCERNING EDUCATION. S.B. No. 943 AN ACT…

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The NLRB Appears To Clear The Path Toward Greater Unionization Of Private Colleges And Universities

In a decision notable for not just one, but two revisions to established National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) analytical framework, the Board appears to open the door toward increased unionization of private institutions of higher learning.  In Pacific Lutheran University and SEIU Local 925, the Board exercised jurisdiction under the National Labor Relations Act…

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Declaratory Ruling Permits School Districts to Use Electronic Signs to Post Time, Date and Location of Referendum

The Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission [“SEEC”] has issued its first ruling interpreting the 2013 amendment to Connecticut General Statutes Section 9-369b, the state law that prohibits the use of public funds to influence any person to vote for or against a referendum question.  This amendment [link to Section 386 of Public Act 13-247] established…

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Developments in Pregnancy Discrimination Law: UPS, EEOC, and I

Readers of this blog have seen several posts on the topic of pregnancy discrimination. In the last couple of weeks, the following additional developments concerning the topic have occurred: 1.  In our sister blog, Working Together, you previously read about the issue of “forced leave,” which arises when a pregnant employee is unable to carry out essential…

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Commentary: Newtown School Lawsuit Offers Painful Casting of Blame

Attorney Michael McKeon has a very insightful article about the lawsuits filed against the Newtown School District relating to the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.  Mike discusses legal as well as practical issues involved in the plaintiff’s lawsuit.  You can find the Connecticut Law Tribune article here.  …

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