LEGAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
Some of the teachers have been a little lax in their supervision of students, so I thought that I would get their attention. At a faculty meeting last week, I asked how many of them have put their houses in their spouses’ names. As you might imagine, I got a bunch of blank stares, and then I explained. I told the teachers that we live in a litigious age and that they can be sued personally if a student gets hurt. Then I asked rhetorically whether they agree that they should be super careful in supervising students because a court award to an injured student could take their house and possibly more. The Union complained to the superintendent about my “scare tactics,” and now he is on my case. Did I make my point appropriately?
CIAC Launches High School Sports Podcast
For fans who simply can’t get enough of high school sports, the CIAC presents CIACcast, a podcast featuring news, a behind-the-scenes look at the CIAC, and conversations with media members, coaches and other notable figures from the Connecticut high school sports world. Subscribe to the ‘Cast now!
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. The workshop will be held at 4:00 p.m. on March 25th at the CAS Office in Cheshire.
New Twitter Account for High School Principals Established
The CAS High School Board of Control has launched a Twitter account for high school principals. The address is @CAS_HSPrincipal and the purpose is to develop a resource for principals to share ideas, opinions, events, and announcements that will support them in their work. It is our hope this will lead to regular chats and news feeds. Join us on Twitter now!
Grants Available for Member Schools and Students
CAS-CIAC is pleased to announce that, through the generosity of our sponsors, whose dollars have helped us build a stable endowment fund, we are now able to provide grants to our member schools and students to fund new or existing projects or programs. The CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program is now entertaining proposals from member schools (K-12), individual students from member schools, or groups of member schools (including academic/athletic leagues) and/or their students. Program criteria and application materials are available at the link below. The deadline is April 5, 2013.
CAPSS, CAS Invite Student Voices to Education Reform Debate
There are only 5 weeks left to submit entries to the Student Voices Video Contest sponsored by CAPSS and CAS. Great scholarships and prizes will be awarded to winning students. Please remind your school communities about this opportunity. All information can be found at www.ctstudentvoices.com. Include the promotional video in a school newscast or play it at any forum where students are present.
Spread the word now!
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL LEADERS!
Don't miss the Fourth Annual High School Redesign in Action Conference to be held in Massachusetts on March 21-22. 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!
Professional Development Opportunity for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Registration is open for the annual conference for school secretaries and administrative assistants. This is an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the great work that administrative assistants do in schools as part of the national Administrative Professionals Week. Attorneys Tom Mooney and Gwen Zittoun headline an impressive conference agenda.
State Board Seeking Applications for Student Members
High School Principals: The Connecticut State Board of Education is now accepting applications from Grade 11 students who are interested in serving as members of the state board of education for the 2013-2014 year. Two students, who will be appointed by the Governor, will serve a one-year term, beginning July 1. The application package can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Please share information about the application process with your grade 11 students as well as your guidance counselors, PTA presidents, and student council members. Complete application packages must be postmarked on or before March 18, 2013.