Hatikvah Int’l Acad. Charter Sch. v. E. Brunswick Twp. Bd. of Educ.

The parties disputed who should pay for a special needs student’s private education. H.K. was a student at Hatikvah, a public charter school. After H.K.’s parents unilaterally moved H.K. to a private school, Hatikvah and H.K.’s parents agreed on an individualized education program (“IEP”) that kept H.K. at the private school. H.K.’s resident school district … Read more

Y.B. v. Howell Twp. Bd. of Educ.

The Third Circuit dove into an alphabet soup of education law. The case was brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA mandates a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for disabled students. A FAPE under IDEA is determined through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the particular disabled student. The student was sent … Read more

T.R. v. Sch. Dist of Philadelphia

The Third Circuit affirmed an order of the District Court that denied the plaintiffs’ motions for class certifications and summary judgment. The plaintiffs claimed that there were shortcomings in the School District of Philadelphia’s translation and interpretation services that purportedly amounted to a violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Third Circuit agreed … Read more

N.T. v. Dep’t of Educ.

Petitioner sought review of the order that determined Petitioner committed a crime of moral turpitude and directed the Department of Education (Department) to revoke Petitioner’s teaching certificate and eligibility to be employed as an educator. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed. The Court dealt with an issue of first impression: To what extent the Professional Standards … Read more

In re Renewal Application of TEAM Charter Sch.

In 2015, seven Newark charter schools submitted applications to either renew or amend their charters. The Education Law Center objected to the applications. In 2016, the New Jersey Commissioner of Education granted the applications. The New Jersey Appellate Division upheld the Commissioner’s determinations. The New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed. The Court held that in determining future … Read more

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