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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 15 Aug 2012

What was the Pennsylvania legislature thinking when it modified the accountability provisions for teachers under the public school code?

Under the guise of improving teacher accountability, the Pennsylvania Legislature recently engaged in a sweeping overhaul of the evaluation process for professional employees (teachers) under the Public School Code.


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 12 Mar 2012

PA's right to know law: can you keep it private if the exclusions don't quite fit?

What is an agency's Open Records Officer to do?


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 3 Mar 2011

The antidote to our funding crisis for public schools

It is now obvious to all in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that what was the norm just a few months ago will no longer be the norm in the foreseeable future.


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 28 Feb 2011

Social media

A vast majority of Pennsylvania public school districts have not as of yet developed social media policies.


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 6 Oct 2010

Read my lips, no special legislation

Picture this ... the Pennsylvania legislature says "You! Yes, you!" then, once it has your attention, makes a law that only applies to you.


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 5 Oct 2010

What was the Pennsylvania legislature thinking when it passed Act 210-46 directing PSERS to recertify the employer contribution rate from 8.22 to 5.64?

We have been talking about the funding crisis for paying the school district's share of pension contributions for some time now.


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 21 Sep 2010

The myths and facts revolving around early retirement incentives

In this era of limited financial ability on the part of educational institutions to fund their budgets, employee groups andor unions frequently suggest early retirement incentive programs (ERIPs) as vehicles to save the school entity dollars.


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 21 Sep 2010

The pros and cons of early bird contracts

As the difficulty of negotiating contracts with teachers' unions in elementary and secondary schools increases because of the overall economic conditions, many school entities believe that entering into an "early bird" contract negotiation will ultimately simplify the process and achieve the requested results in a much more expeditious and efficient manner.


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 20 Aug 2010

A mandatory exercise for Pennsylvania school districts commencing bargaining with their teachers' unions

Those Pennsylvania school districts that have aid ratios of less than .4 (the wealthier school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) are looking at historically low Act 1 indices for the next few years.


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 24 Jun 2010

The distinction between policy and procedure

One of the most fundamental issues involving school boards is their policy-making function.

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