LEGAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
A teacher complained that one the custodians in my school was bothering her by hanging around her classroom and looking at her “funny.” I asked her if she wanted me to facilitate a meeting between her and the custodian to resolve her concerns. However, she told me that I should handle it. As a supportive administrator, I was only too happy to go ahead and meet with the custodian. However, while the custodian wasn’t exactly rude, he told me in no uncertain terms that he wouldn’t be meeting with me, and that I should address any questions I have to his lawyer (who I think is his brother-in-law). I put a call into the lawyer, but I am wondering if I really have to talk to his lawyer. After all, what would the lawyer even know? He wasn’t in the classroom with the teacher.
Last Call to Register for SEED Training Session
Southern Connecticut State University, in collaboration with CAS, will host a regional workshop on the SEED Administrative Evaluation Model on February 5th. Public school administrators are cordially invited to attend this no-cost workshop to hear a presentation on the system's components and rating process of the state model. The workshop will be held in the Adanti Student Center building from 4:30-7:00 p.m. February 6, 2013 will be the scheduled snow date for this workshop. Click here
CAS Testifies at School Security Hearing
On Friday, January 25th, a panel of representatives from CAS, CAPSS, CABE and CASBO testified at a hearing sponsored by the school security sub-committee of the newly created Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Child Safety. The 16-member sub-committee is co-chaired by Senator Toni Boucher and Representative Andrew Fleischmann. Among the CAS representatives were Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Waterford High School Resource Officer Steven Whitehead and his supervising lieutenant, Dave Burton. The panel provided written testimony which included a compilation of recommendations from member school principals at all levels. "Thank you" to the many principals who responded so quickly and thoughtfully to our request for input! Click here for a copy of the written testimony.
CIAC Issues Support For OCR Guidelines
On January 25th, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a guidance letter clarifying school districts' existing legal obligations to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities. The CIAC joins the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in supporting the principles represented in the guidelines.
Registration for CASC Spring Conference Now Open
High school student leaders and their advisors are invited to Wesleyan University on March 15th & 16th for a fantastic series of workshops designed to improve school climate. Online registration is open for the annual spring state leadership conference which will feature keynote speaker and teen leadership specialist A'ric "The Dream Achiever" Jackson.
CAS and CAPSS Invite Student Voices in Education Reform Debate
CAS and CAPSS want to hear how your middle and high school students would transform education. The Student Voice in Education Reform contest invites students to share their perspective on improving their classroom experiences and creating conditions that would allow them to thrive in school.
Robotics Competition Coming in March
The Connecticut FIRST Robotics Regional Competition will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on March 29th and 30th. Mark your calendars!
Fall Coaching Education Offerings
Do you need a permit to coach in Connecticut? Or, do you need CEUs to renew your existing coaching permit? Check out the spring course offerings on the Connecticut Coaching Education Program website.