February 4, 2019

Seeing eye dog? Welcome to school! But no emotional support kangaroos, please

Written by: Beth L. Sims, Esq. News reports have described a passenger bringing a “comfort peacock” on a United Airlines flight in January 2018 and an […]
February 19, 2018

The ‘public policy exception’ can be asset in contract negotiations, grievance disputes

Written by: David S. Shaw and Julie M. Shaw As school boards prepare for negotiations this spring, one question is sure to arise: “Why is this […]
January 22, 2018

Hope remains for ‘Dreamers’ despite Trump action on DACA

Written by: Beth L. Sims, Esq. and Elizabeth A. Ledkovsky, Esq. On Sept. 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions announced the Trump administration’s intent to […]
July 24, 2017

Fate of DOE’s civil rights office uncertain after change in presidential administration

Written by: Beth L. Sims, Esq. and Elizabeth A. Ledkovsky, Esq. Within the U.S. Department of Education is the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), one of […]
June 13, 2016

State addresses concerns about CPS visits

By Eric D. Randall EDITOR-IN-CHIEF After an article in On Board highlighted legal concerns involving school visits by Child Protective Services (CPS), a state agency has […]
May 2, 2016

Why every adult in your school district should know this term: ‘Child Find’

Written by: Michael K. Lambert, Esq A high-achieving student – let’s call her Sara – begins to show signs of social difficulties. Her attendance begins to […]
March 28, 2016

What should school district officials do when Child Protective Services show up

Written by: Beth L. Sims, Esq. and Michael K. Lambert, Esq. When Child Protective Services (CPS) shows up at your schoolhouse door asking to speak with […]
March 2, 2015

Teacher Termination – Test Fraud Case Tried by Beth Sims

Special ed teacher terminated for testing misconduct By Kimberly A. Fanniff SENIOR STAFF ATTORNEY The Poughkeepsie City School district recently procured a termination award in a […]
May 12, 2014

How to avoid legal landmines in collective bargaining

Written by: Steven M. Latino, Esq The Taylor Law governs collective bargaining rights and duties in the public sector in New York State. The law was […]