Topic: education

Doe v. Brown University: Non-Students and the Limits of Title IX Liability

In a case that raises a number of interesting questions, a federal judge in Rhode Island recently held that a student at one school could not bring a Title IX action against another school following her sexual assault by some of the latter school’s students. In Jane Doe v. Brown University, the court granted Brown…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Has Spoken

We had written earlier about the proposed bills that the General Assembly’s Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee at its March 8, 2017 meeting.  The Committee subsequently voted favorably on a bevy of bills.  The following is summary of these bills. STATE AID, GRANTS AND COST SHARING: It goes without saying…

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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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Attorney Sommaruga Speaks For UConn Diversity Committee

Attorney Mark J. Sommaruga, a member of Pullman & Comley LLC’s Education and Labor & Employment practice and its Diversity Committee, was a panelist and presenter at a discussion on November 20, 2014 at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  The UConn Law School’s Diversity Committee hosted the panel discussion, “Bridging the Gap Between Personality…

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Georgia Prosecutors To Argue That The Atlanta Public School System Is a Racketeering Enterprise

Jury selection has begun in the criminal trial of 12 Atlanta teachers and administrators accused of conspiring to alter and inflate student scores on standardized testing utilized to gauge compliance with, and eligibility for funding incentives under, the federal No Child Left Behind Act.  The educators are being tried under Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt…

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The Education Committee Speaks

Before the deadline for committee action, the General Assembly’s Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee a plethora of bills. Among the most noteworthy were: 1) a bill that would delay the implementation of the uniform regional calendar, 2) a bill giving greater discretion to school boards with regard to expunging an…

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Connecticut State Department of Education Due Process Hearing Decisions for the 2013 Calendar Year: A Summary

During 2013, the State Department of Education handled approximately 239 requests for due process hearings to resolve issues with student special education programs. Of those requests, only a small minority were resolved by a decision of a hearing officer after a full hearing on the merits, available online at: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=320712. The 2013 decisions are summarized…

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