Author: Susan Scott

Drafting Agendas: Three Reasons to be More Specific than “Attorney-Client Privileged Communication – Executive Session Anticipated”

One of the most regularly used reasons to enter executive session is to discuss a matter that would result in the disclosure of communications that are privileged by the attorney-client relationship. The agenda item often appears as this: “Discussion and possible action on attorney-client privileged communication – executive session anticipated.” Unfortunately, this agenda item will…

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ESSA, Sexual Misconduct, and “Passing the Trash”

There is a new provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”) entitled “Prohibition on Aiding and Abetting Sexual Abuse.” It attempts to prevent school employees who have engaged in sexual misconduct with students from being unwittingly passed from one school district to another, a practice commonly referred to as “passing the trash.” Specifically, the…

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Pullman & Comley Attorneys Speak at CABE/CAPSS Annual Convention

Mark J. Sommaruga, Susan L. Scott, and Michael P. McKeon of Pullman & Comley’s School Law Section spoke on a number of education law topics at the annual joint convention of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents [CABE/CAPSS]. The convention was held on November 20 and…

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Have You Posted Your “No Vaping” Signs?

A recent state law, effective October 1, 2015, prohibits the use electronic nicotine delivery systems or vapor products in school buildings, among other public locales. In addition, the law requires the person in control of the premises (for example, boards of education) to post signs in conspicuous places regarding the state prohibition. Curiously, the law…

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What Impact Might Schools Expect From The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Report

Two years after its creation, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission presented its final report to Governor Malloy on March 6, 2015. The Commission has made comprehensive recommendations regarding safe school design and operation, law enforcement, and mental health.  Some of these recommendations will likely be the driving force for future legislation and other initiatives that…

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Pullman & Comley’s April 21, 2015 Special Education Legal Issues Forum

Pullman & Comley School Law attorneys Michael McKeon, Mark Sommaruga and Susan Scott will present a forum for special education directors and administrators reviewing legal developments and trends including: settlement agreements, Section 504, Common Core and “Smarter Balanced” Tests-opt outs and other impacts, and review, revisions and updates to IEP Forms. Tuesday, April 21, 2015…

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Military Leave of Absence and the Obligations of Connecticut Municipal Employers

When an employee gives notice of the need to take a leave of absence for military service, there are some questions that municipal employers will reflexively ask: Do we have to permit the leave?  Must the employee be paid his/her usual salary while on leave? Is there any way to limit the duration of the…

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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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