Topic: Connecticut General Statutes

Website Posting Requirements – Make Sure Your District’s Website Is Legally Compliant

The October 2015 edition of The CABE Journal features an article written by attorneys Zachary D. Schurin and Michael P. McKeon entitled “Board Members’ Homework Assignment: Make Sure Your District’s Website is Legally Compliant” that gives an overview of board of education and charter school website postings mandated by state law. The article is available…

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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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Property Tax Exemption for Residential Properties Revoked for Many Connecticut Colleges and Universities

During the recently concluded special session, the Connecticut General Assembly approved, and the Governor subsequently signed into law, Section 244 of Public Act No. 15-5 (June Special Session) that revokes the property tax exemption long enjoyed by private colleges and universities on certain of their residential properties.  Effective October 1, 2015, any residential real property…

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Disciplinary Investigations of Employees – Three Names to Know

Whenever an employer is considering disciplining an employee for misconduct, three names from 1967, 1975 and 1985 continue to be associated with employer investigations and interrogations, in much the same way that Mr. Miranda’s name (since 1966) is associated with criminal interrogations.  The three names are: Weingarten, Loudermill, and Garrity.  These names are still very…

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The Aftermath: Developments From The 2015 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Schools

The 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded.  A comprehensive summary and discussion of laws that were passed during the 2015 session will be forthcoming from this firm after the Governor has acted upon all of the relevant bills, and after the conclusion of the upcoming “special session.”  In the meantime, we…

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Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Completes its Work

The General Assembly’s Education Committee was quite active just before its March 30, 2015 deadline for approving bills.   On March 25, 2015, the Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee the following additional proposed bills: S.B. No. 1097 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING STATE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION.  This bill would (a) provide that…

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Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: March 19 Public Hearing

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills: H.B. No. 7016 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MORE COMMISSION SPECIAL EDUCATION SELECT WORKING GROUP. (ED) S.B. No. 1099 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMISSION TO DEVELOP A VISION…

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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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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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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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