Bd. of Educ. of E. Newark v. Harris

The litigants in Bd. of Educ. of E. Newark v.  Harris could have used some help from the professional ghostwriters at Sullivan | Simon. On March 24, 2021, the lower court ordered East Newark’s Municipal Clerk to conduct an unscheduled election on April 20 and have the ballots printed by March 25. The New Jersey … Read more

Cent. Dauphin Sch. Dist. v. Hawkins

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court considered Cent. Dauphine Sch. Dist. v. Hawkins on remand from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered the Court to consider the case consistently with Easton Area School District v. Miller, 232 A.3d 716 (Pa. 2020). The dispute centered on 65 P.S. § 67.708(b)(1)(i), s section of Pennsylvania’s Right To … Read more

Bell v. Wilkinsburg Sch. Dist.

In Bell v. Wilkinsburg Sch. Dist., an en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed an order from the Court of Common Pleas and ruled that a school district violated the Charter School Law, 24 P.S. § 17-1726-A(a). The district had provided typical bus service for charter students. But the district decided to cancel … Read more

Ciripompa v. Bd. of Educ.

In Ciripompa v. Bd. of Educ., the New Jersey Appellate Division heard a plaintiff teacher’s appeal from the Commissioner of Education’s final order that permitted a school board to deduct unemployment payments from back-pay owed. The teacher was suspended without pay during termination proceedings from his tenured position. When the proceedings ended in the teacher’s favor, … Read more

Rozenblit v. Lyles

In Rozenblit v. Lyles, the New Jersey Supreme Court reviewed an award of summary judgment in favor of a teachers’ union and against two citizen-taxpayers. The taxpayers sought declaratory relief because the collective negotiations agreement between a school district and its the union created two full-time union positions paid for with taxpayer funds. The Court … Read more

Crisitello v. St. Theresa Sch.

In Crisitello v. St. Theresa Sch., the New Jersey Appellate Division reviewed an order from the Law Division granting the defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a Law Against Discrimination action. The defendant — a parochial school — fired the plaintiff because she was unmarried and became pregnant. The Appellate Division had to “determine whether … Read more

Watters v. Bd. of Sch. Dir. of the City of Scranton

In Watters v. Bd. of Sch. Dir. of the City of Scranton, the 3rd circuit assumed for argument’s sake that Section 1983 provides for a private right of action for a purported violation of the Contracts Clause. The Court then moved on to determine whether a 2017 amendment to Pennsylvania’s Public School Code violated the tenure … Read more

Commonwealth v. Navient Corp.

The 3rd Circuit handed Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro a nice win in Commonwealth v. Navient Corp., when it held that the AG’s Office could maintain a concurrent enforcement action against a student loan provider at the same time as a similar action by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the Consumer Financial Protection … Read more

B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist.

In a wild mashup between George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words and the cult classic Bring it On, the Third Circuit had to play referee. In B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist., the 3rd Circuit held that a disenchanted cheerleader’s weekend, off-campus Snap of “Fuck school fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything” was protected 1st Amendment … Read more