Topic: Connecticut General Statutes

Last Best Offer Teacher Arbitration Hearings Can Take Place In Private, Says the Connecticut Supreme Court

In Connecticut, employees who engage in public sector collective bargaining with a board of education employer, fall into two categories: (1) those covered by the Teacher Negotiation Act (“TNA”),  i.e., teachers and administrators; and (2) those covered by the Municipal Employee Relations Act (“MERA”), i.e., all other bargaining units.  Both the TNA and the MERA…

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The Obligation to Make Reports to DCF and Unemployment Compensation: Another Penalty For Failing to Notify DCF

Our state has a comprehensive requirement for certain employees (particularly in the medical and educational spheres) to make reports to the Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) of suspected child abuse and neglect.  Connecticut General Statutes §17a–101a.  a recent case, the Connecticut Superior Court affirmed prior administrative decisions and concluded that termination from employment for…

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Something for Board Policy Committees to Consider

Every year, new laws result in new policy changes. To help you and your district understand the policy impact of the General Assembly’s 2014 legislative enactments, Pullman & Comley has issued the following School Law alert. Superintendents, board policy committee members and others should review the alert to make sure that their district’s policies are…

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2014 Legislative Update

At the start of every school-year, Pullman & Comley’s School Law section attorneys publish a summary of new Connecticut legislation impacting Connecticut schools and public-sector employers.  Our 2014 legislative summary, which we released in August is available here for your convenience.  While in comparison to recent years 2014 was relatively modest in terms of education-law…

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Just The Facts: Charter Schools (and Cutting Through Some Myths and Hot Air)

As anyone reading the newspapers can observe, Connecticut charter schools are receiving some unwanted attention these days due to: 1) a myriad of issues involving a charter school management company; and 2) virulent attacks from, among others, those who either currently hold or who hope to attain political office. Once politically favored by both major…

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Not My Brother’s Keeper: Varley v. Regional School District No. 4 and A School District’s Responsibility For “Free Speech” Claims Involving a Vendor

When entering into contacts with vendors,  school districts hope that 1) the vendor will comply with the law, and 2) in any event, the vendor will be responsible for its own employment-related disputes.  In Varley v. Regional School District No. 4, 2014 WL 1814187(Conn. Super. April 4,  2014), a Superior Court judge held that a…

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Doe v. Wolcott: Child Abuse Mandated Reporters and School District Liability

Connecticut General Statute Section 17a-101a sets forth 1) the obligation of certain school employees to report to the Department of Children and Families whenever they have reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect. and 2) the penalties (both civil and criminal) for a “mandated reporter” for failing to make such a report. A question that…

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How Many Committees Are Public Schools Required to Have?

The Connecticut General Assembly has a fondness for mandating the establishment of committees in public education. In recent years, school districts have been directed to create committees to address bullying, school security and safety, and school improvement. This year, proposed legislation regarding chronic absenteeism (a bill that was not passed by the legislature in regular…

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New Laws Affecting Schools: Highlights of the 2014 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly

The 2014 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded.  The following are some highlights of the more relevant bills that were passed by the General Assembly and awaiting the signature of the Governor.  A more comprehensive listing and discussion of the enactments from the 2014 session will be forthcoming from this firm after…

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A Reprieve To Mandatory Implementation Of The Uniform School Calendar

On May 3, 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly passed House of Representatives Bill No. 5559, amending, inter alia, General Statutes Section 10-66q  (the bill, as amended and passed, also creates a new apprenticeship grant program under the Standardized Training and Employment Program and expands an existing child day care licensing exemption to apply to any…

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