Announcements

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...]

US Department of Education Guidance- Bullying of Students with Disabilities

On October 21, 2014, the United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a thirteen page "Dear Colleague" letter providing guidance for school districts regarding how OCR analyzes complaints regarding bullying of students with disabilities. The letter provides … [Read more...]

Vermont Supreme Court Clarifies Statute of Limitations for Preventing Adverse Possession and Calculation of Statutory Charitable Use Exemption Period

In Mahoney v. Tara, LLC, 2014 VT 90, the Mahoney family claimed title by adverse possession to a seventy-five-foot portion of beach frontage on Lake Champlain. The Mahoneys first began occupying the beach in 1949 and eventually purchased it in 1976. The current record owner of the property, which … [Read more...]

United States District Court Rules Against Supervisory Union on Parent’s First Amendment Claim

The United States District Court for the District of Vermont has found that a Vermont school supervisory union violated the U.S. Constitution when it issued no-trespass notices against a student’s parent. In Cyr v. Addison Rutland Supervisory Union, the Court found violations of the First Amendment … [Read more...]

Use of Property for Helicopter Landing Pad Found to be Land Development

In a decision issued September 26, 2014, the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court concluded that an individual’s occasional use of a 100’ by 100’ area on his property in the Town of Dover for the landing and takeoff of a helicopter falls within the definition of “land development” … [Read more...]