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Bar News - May 17, 2013

Latest NH Bar Journal: The Education Issue

Now available online and in print by special order only, the latest issue of the NH Bar Journal explores legal issues related to education in New Hampshire.

Mandatory Reporting Laws & Schools
In this practical discussion of the four reporting laws that impact K-12 public and private schools, the author examines who should report concerns about child abuse and neglect, hazing, bullying and criminal acts in a safe school zone to school officials and authorities, as well as when the reports should be made. This article includes a summary of all four laws that can be used as a quick desk reference.

The Emergence and Evolution of Faculty Unionism
Attorney Nicholas DiGiovanni Jr. explores the history of unions at educational institutions and details key rulings that played an important role in the evolution of unionization among full-time and adjunct faculty, at both private and public institutions.

The Demise of Residency in Public Education
The authors, both of whom have significant experience working in the NH Department of Education, chronicle the evolution of the requirement that students live where they learn. Sarah Browning and Lynda Thistle-Elliott make the case that common core standards and technology are leading education toward a more centralized delivery system, with more emphasis on content and student ability than setting and schedules.

School Suspensions: How Many Children Are Suspended in NH? Should You Care?
Author and Manchester-based attorney Michael Chamberlain analyzes student suspension and expulsion statistics in New Hampshire and beyond, as well the reasons for these disciplinary actions in the context of educational goals and school safety. He recommends new policies that prioritize safety while ensuring that misbehaving students donít lose as much instructional time as they do under the current system.

Claremont Redux
Having written extensively on the New Hampshire Constitution, attorney Eugene Van Loan III examines the post-Claremont decisions landscape in the state. Through the inclusion of a fully annotated version of the proposed constitutional amendment that was proposed to the Legislature last year, he recommends finally putting it before voters.

Avoiding Claremont
One of the lead attorneys in the Claermont Coalition, Andru Volinsky offers his view in opposition to amending the education clause in the state constitution.

Lex Loci
David Ruoff returns with the latest installment of Lex Loci, reviewing cases from late fall 2012 through winter 2013.

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