LEGAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
A middle school student came into my office today and told me that, although he is biologically male, he really feels like a girl inside and wants to be treated as such. His birth name is Ted, but now he wants all his teachers to call him Terri. In addition, he wants to be per-mitted to wear dresses as he sees fit. Obviously I was surprised by this request, and I called the parents to discuss it with them. I was surprised when they told me that they were fully supportive of their son’s decision, and they directed me to stop referring to their son with the male pronoun. In fact, they went on to tell me that they are insisting that I change the school records to reflect that Terri is female. Help!
DEADLINE EXTENDED for CT Student Voices Contest Entries
After receiving multiple requests for extra time and due to the volume of weather-related school closings, the deadline for submitting entries to the Student Voices video contest has been extended to May 1st. This will allow all ‘student voices’ to be heard. Please make use of the contest promotion resources available through CAPSS and CAS:
• Play the contest video on monitors throughout your school(s).
• Play the audio from the video during morning announcements.
• Post the promotional flyer around your school(s).
All contest entries can be uploaded to www.ctstudentvoices.com or mailed to the CAPSS offices (26 Caya Ave., West Hartford).
Alternate Route to Certification Graduate Survey
Dr. Gregory Little, dean of the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) program, is requesting administrator feedback regarding the strengths and weakness of ARC graduates. The survey results will be used to improve the ARC program and to ensure that it is preparing the most highly qualified teachers for the schools of our state. ARC has been preparing teachers for Connecticut schools for the past 24 years and is currently the sixth largest preparer of newly certified teachers in the state. If you have any questions about the survey or ARC in general, please contact Greg at 860.947.1859 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ARC Graduate Survey for K-12 Administrators
Do You Have An Outstanding Teacher in Your Building?
If the answer is yes, then why not nominate him/her for the CAS Exemplary Educator Award? The exemplary educator awards are designed to recognize outstanding teachers who have had a positive impact on their school and/or district. Nominees for these awards must have demonstrated excellence in education, involvement with students, staff and parents in and out of the classroom, and leadership in their profession. One recipient will be chosen from each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Nominations may be made by school staff or district central office personnel. The deadline for submitting applications for the CAS Exemplary Educator Awards has been extended to April 24, 2013.
SEED Workshop Offered in April
On April 17th, CAS is hosting a workshop on the administrative evaluation model for SEED. This model will be in effect as of July 1, 2013 and will impact every administrator in Connecticut below the rank of superintendent. Come and get introduced to this evaluation/development process. There is no charge to attend but prior registration is required. Online registration is available at the link below
Video of Workshop on Legal Issues Affecting Schools Now Available Online
In an effort to assist schools in dealing with two challenging legal issues, the CIAC hosted “Transgender Students and Individuals with Disabilities in Activities - What Every School Needs to Know” on Monday, March 25 at the CAS-CIAC office. Attorneys Thomas Mooney and Julie Fay of the law firm of Shipman and Goodman directed the presentation to help schools understand guidelines dealing with rights of transgender students as well as recent guidelines from OCR regarding opportunities for students with disabilities. The presentation was videotaped and is available, along with workshop handouts, online at the link below.
St. Joe's Crowned 2013 Bowling Champs
Trumbull’s St. Joseph High School won the Second Annual CIAC Invitational Bowling Championship held at the AMF Circle Lanes in East Haven on Saturday March 23rd! The event, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Bowling Proprietors' Association, welcomed 32 teams, up from 19 teams last year. Second-place finisher Windsor Locks High School was the 2012 champion.