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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.

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.

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.

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. 

CDC Releases Guidelines and Recommendations for Returning to In-Person Instruction

February 12th, 2021

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eleased new guidance and recommendations today for schools getting ready to start full in-person instruction again during the pandemic.

Governor’s Proposed Budget Could Be Game Changer for School Funding

February 10th, 2021

Governor Wolf addressed concerns regarding barriers that Pennsylvanians are currently facing, and he emphasized his interests in focusing on Pennsylvania’s ‘unequal and underfunded’ education system.

Extending the FFCRA May Assist Districts Trying to Resume In-Person Instruction

January 15th, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, there are questions about whether schools can make it mandatory for their students or staff to get vaccinated.

US DOE Says Title IX Does Not Protect Sexual Orientation, Says Bostock Limited to Title VII

January 13th, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, there are questions about whether schools can make it mandatory for their students or staff to get vaccinated.