Announcements

SP&F Assists Vermont State Colleges in CCV-Winooski Campus Acquisition

On March 26, 2015, Stitzel, Page & Fletcher attorneys Robert E. Fletcher and David W. Rugh, working on behalf of Vermont State Colleges, assisted in closing the Colleges’ roughly $2.5 million purchase of its Community College of Vermont – Winooski Campus property. The property at 1 Abenaki Way was … [Read more...]

Special Education and Section 504 Issues: A Review and Update for Vermont School Administrators

Patti Page and Dina Atwood will be presenting the last in the 2014-2015 school year Vermont Principals' Association Ed Law Series on March 24, 2015. The focus of this workshop is to provide administrators with an overview of the laws, and identify common errors and pitfalls in Special Education. … [Read more...]

FMLA Amended Definition of Spouse to Include Same Sex Spouses

On February 25, 2015 the DOL issued a final rule amending the definition of spouse under the rules implementing FMLA to be consistent with the US Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor which struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)as unconstitutional. The amended … [Read more...]

Protecting Student Privacy Using Online Ed Services

On February 26, 2015 the United States Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) issued a checklist for school districts to use in order to evaluate how well the terms of Service Agreements for applications,online forums or other online programs protect student information … [Read more...]

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Questioning Constitutionality of Municipal Sign Ordinance

The Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments on January 12, 2015 in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a case raising the question of whether an Arizona municipality’s sign ordinance creates an unconstitutional distinction among different kinds of speech. The Supreme Court’s consideration of … [Read more...]

DOE and DOJ Guidance on Education for Confined Juvenile Students

On December 8, 2014, the United States Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a four part set of guidance for assisting both state and local educational agencies in addressing and strengthening the educational services provided to students in juvenile facilities. The … [Read more...]

Education Law Session Vermont Principals’ Association- January 13, 2015

On January 13, 2015 Steve Stitzel and Dina Atwood will be presenting: Current Issues in Labor and Personnel Law: a Workshop for Public School Administrators and Legislative Update for the Vermont Principals' Association. The workshop is designed to help school administrators, human resource … [Read more...]

Office Of Civil Rights Guidance- Single Sex Classes and Extracurricular Activities

On December 1, 2014 the United States Department of Education- Office of Civil Rights issued a "significant guidance document" on the issues/limitations of providing single sex classes and extracurricular activities in elementary and secondary Schools under Title IX. The general rule under Title … [Read more...]

Office of Educational Technology- Dear Colleague Letter

On November 19, 2014 the United Stated Department of Education- Office of Educational Technology issued a Dear Colleague Letter providing examples of how school districts could leverage the use of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended) and IDEA (Individuals with … [Read more...]

OSERS GUIDANCE ISSUED

On November 12, 2014 the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the United States Department of Education issued a "Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary … [Read more...]