LEGAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
We recently had a drug possession arrest in the middle school. We called the police, the children involved were arrested, and we imposed school discipline. Some parents are now asking why I haven’t communicated anything at all to the community as a whole, and they are demanding more information. I have been reluctant to share anything, as the issue is not one of school safety and does not directly involve the children of the inquiring parents. When I communicated this response to these parents, some were not satisfied. They felt that a drug deal is a matter of school safety (and to some extent, I agree), and they claimed that they are entitled to know about it. I know that I need to maintain the confidentiality of the students involved. However, I also want to be responsive (generally) to the parent community who feel that by not sharing out information of this nature, I am brushing it under the rug. What can (or should) I communicate?
CAS-CIAC Offers Workshop on Two Hot-Button Legal Issues
CAS-CIAC welcomes superintendents, administrators, athletic directors, guidance counselors and special education directors to attend an upcoming workshop on two critical legal issues. Don’t miss “Participation of Transgender Students and Individuals with Disabilities in Student Activities: What Every School Needs to Know” featuring Attorneys Thomas Mooney and Julie Fay of Shipman & Goodwin.
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL LEADERS!
Don't miss the Fourth Annual High School Redesign in Action Conference to be held in Massachusetts next month. This event, hosted by the New England Secondary School Consortium, provides secondary school educators with a valuable opportunity to share success stories and exchange best practices that will help them prepare all students for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century. Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount.
CAS to Present SEED Workshop in Waterbury
CAS staff will present an informational workshop on the SEED Administrator Evaluation System at the Waterbury campus of the University of Bridgeport on March 4, 2013 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This seminar is open to all public school leaders with registration limited to the first fifty to register. Click on the link below and look for "SEED Waterbury Administrator Evaluation Seminar" to register and receive detailed information.
"Big Six" Outline Common Legislative Goals
A coalition of six of the state's leading education and business groups has released a joint statement on education reform. The “Big Six” - CAPSS, CAS, CABE, CBIA, CCER, CONNCAN - are urging state leaders to remain committed to improving public education, primarily by protecting key measures championed last year as part of the groundbreaking education reform law (Public Act 12-116).
Governor's Scholars Application Deadline Extended
The deadline for applications for the 2013 Governor’s Scholars Award Program has been extended to March 7th. This prestigious awards program, now in its seventeenth year, is designed to honor high school juniors for academic excellence. Program packets were mailed to high school principals in early January. More
Has an Extraordinary Volunteer Made a Difference at Your School?
If so, join us on March 12th for the CAS Volunteer Recognition Banquet! Every school in Connecticut is blessed with parents and other volunteers who contribute to its success. Don’t miss this opportunity to give public recognition to those individuals who have made your school a better place to work and learn.
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.
CAS KiDSMARATHON Off and Running!
KiDSMARATHON, an amazing, life-changing program for students ages 7-12, is back for its fifth year - and it's growing! KiDSMARATHON is an 8 to 10 week training program that enables kids to complete a full marathon by running or walking incremental distances each week. From PE/Health classes to before and/or after school running clubs to parent supervised weekend running, kids of all sizes, shapes and abilities are encouraged to participate. KiDSMARATHON celebrations will take place at several regional sites on Saturdays in May and June this year. Online registration is open at www.casciac.org/register.