Winter 2014 School Law Bulletin

Can a school committee publicly release documents referenced in an ‘open session’ hearing on teacher discipline?

Steve Adams addresses the competing interests when the media requests a school committee to release documents related to an "open session" hearing on a teacher's suspension.

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New Massachusetts law substantially changes school discipline procedures  

As of July 1, procedures governing the suspension and expulsion of K-12 students attending public and charter schools in Massachusetts will be substantially altered. Schools should prepare for these impending changes by revising their student exclusion policies and training administrators and teachers on how to execute the new policies.

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Student suicide resulting from cyberbullying can create legal risk

The tragic suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick last fall – following months of cyberbullying by two of her Florida middle school classmates – has highlighed the potential liability schools might face in a similar situation.

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RI schools get ready for new temporary caregiver leave law

Schools that have elected to participate in Rhode Island’s Temporary Disability Insurance program should revise their employment manuals, policies, and information brochures to ensure compliance with new statewide employee leave requirements that recently went into effect.

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