Category Archives: Public Education

Executive Order Loosens Open Meeting Law Requirements During Coronavirus Emergency

Governor Baker signed an Executive Order relieving government boards and committees from compliance with certain Open Meeting Law requirements during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.¬†The Order¬†gives public bodies greater leeway to hold closed-door and remote meetings, so that government agencies … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Updates Joint Guidance on the Applicability of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Records

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued an update to their Joint Guidance on the Applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and … Continue reading

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Decision in Spaulding v. Town of Natick School Committee is a Message to All School Committees

A Superior Court Judge recently issued a decision holding that portions of the Natick School Committee’s Public Participation at School Committee Meetings Policy (the “Policy”) are unconstitutional. The relevant provisions, which are common in similar school committee policies across the … Continue reading

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