Category Archives: Municipal & School

Sharp Pencil Not a Weapon Under Pennsylvania School Code

S.A. v. Pittsburgh Pub. Sch. Dist., 2017 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 152 (Pa. Commw. Ct. May …

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Federal Court Allows Title IX Claim to Proceed Based Upon Allegations That Student Harassed By Peers for Failure to Conform to Gender Norms

Russell Bittendender, et ux. v. Bangor Area School District, Case No. 15-6465 (E.D. Pa. 2017). …

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Selective property tax appeals based on property type or residency status of the owner violates the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Uniformity Clause

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reversed the Commonwealth Court and held that the Uniformity Clause …

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Office of Open Records Holds That School Videos Depicting Student In An Altercation Is Not An Educational Record Of The Student Under FERPA

Hawkins v. Central Dauphin School District, AP 2016-0583, 2016 PA O.O.R.D. LEXIS 760.  The Office …

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Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance Allowed To Pursue Equal Access Claims

Carver Middle Sch. Gay-Straight Alliance v. Sch. Bd. of Lake Cnty. Fla., 842 F.3d 1324  …

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Commonwealth Court Orders Teacher Reinstated When The School Board Fails To Strictly Comply With Statutory Procedures For Dismissing The Tenured Teacher

Vladimirsky v. School District of Philadelphia, 144 A.3d 986 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016).  The Commonwealth …

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Latest Legal Developments On Student Searches

Highhouse v. Wayne Highlands School District, — F.Supp.3d — 2016 WL 4679012 (M.D. Pa. Sept. …

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Transgender Student Developments

The legal landscape regarding transgender student rights in public schools continues to evolve. Within the …

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: First Responders Get A Break On Local Taxes

Every day, firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) volunteers across Pennsylvania provide essential services to …

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Retired Teacher Awarded Post-Retirement Benefits For Same-Sex Spouse

In Re: Souderton Area Education Association and Souderton Area School District, Arbitration Award of August …

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