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Legislation By Policy: Policy Mandates Challenge Schools to Keep PACE

June 22nd, 2021

Increasingly over the last few years, both State and Federal legislators have written laws directed at some broad public policy purpose, but without the legal or practical wherewithal to actually implement them on the local level.

Federal Judge Rules That Employer Can Require Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations

June 22nd, 2021

A federal judge in the Southern District of Texas recently upheld an employer’s requirement that its employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be terminated from employment.

Unanimous Supreme Court Issues Narrow Decision Regarding Government Limits on Religious Discrimination by Government Contractors

June 18th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique circumstances and dilemmas surrounding Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Potential Legislation Addresses Post-COVID Student Retention Matters

May 13th, 2021

With an expressed intention to help parents determine the best approach to education for their children, the Bill would impose upon schools unfunded mandates that also run afoul of state and federal mandates with regard to special education.

What Are the Contractual Guidelines for ESSERS Funding?

May 10th, 2021

More than a year ago, on March 27, 2020, The U.S. Department of Education passed the $2 trillion CARES Act, and within that, about $30.75, $13.2 billion of which was distributed to the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds.

Two Recent Pennsylvania Cases Provide Restrictions and Opportunities for Your Airbnb Plans

April 30th, 2021

Two recent Pennsylvania cases involving short-term rentals were decided differently based on the respective zoning areas, governing ordinances, and individual facts and circumstances of the cases.

Disappointment or Disruption? SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in BL v Mahanoy Area School District

April 28th, 2021

The Supreme Court heard argument today following the school district’s appeal from the Third Circuit’s decision that Tinker could not be applied to off campus speech.

USDOE Mandates Standardized Tests, But Does Provide Some Flexibility in Pandemic Year

March 17th, 2021

as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the DOE provided states with flexible options with respect to assessment, accountability, and reporting systems.

Good News for Local Business as COVID Restrictions Ease

March 16th, 2021

Due to the steady decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and the positive test rate percentage, Governor Tom Wolf has announced plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and other businesses.

How Are We Doing? Special Education Services A Year Into COVID

March 10th, 2021

Statutory obligations to provide instructional time and the accommodations and services needed to enable students with disabilities to access education remain in place.