Justia Education Law Opinion Summaries

Articles Posted in Maine Supreme Judicial Court

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The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court on a complaint filed by Thornton Academy and residents of Arundel (collectively, Plaintiffs) in connection with the decision of Regional School Unit 21 and its Board (collectively, RSU 21) not to allow Arundel middle school students to attend Thornton Academy at public expense, holding that the court did not misinterpret Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A, 1479. In their complaint, Plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment that RSU 21 incorrectly interpreted and applied Me. Rev. Stat. 21-A, 1479 in deciding that all Arundel public middle school students must attend the Middle School of the Kennebunks and that public funds cannot be used for those students to attend Thornton Academy. The superior court concluded that, pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 21-A, 1479(3)(A), RSU 21 must continue to allow Arundel middle school students to attend Thornton Academy at public expense. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding that section 1479(3)(A) requires RSU 21 to provide the option for Arundel middle school students to attend Thornton Academy at public expense. View "Thornton Academy v. Regional School Unit 21" on Justia Law

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The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court on consolidated Rule 80C appeals from the decision of the Maine Labor Relations Board (MLRB) on the School Administrative District 3 Education Association MEA/NEA’s (the Association) prohibited practice complaint, holding that the MLRB did not err when it held that the 120-day notice provision in Me. Rev. Stat. 26, 965(1) applied to the request for impact bargaining in this case. The Association filed a prohibited practice complaint with the MLRB against the Board of Directors of Regional School Unit 3 (the School Board), alleging that the School Board violated Me. Rev. Stat. 26, 964(1)(E) and 965(1) when it refused to participate in mediation and fact-finding procedures with respect to the effect of a new bus system. The MLRB determined that the Association failed to comply with the 120-day notice requirement in section 965(1) by failing to participate in fact-finding concerning the impact of the new busing system. The superior court affirmed. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding that the MLRB did not clearly err in finding that the Association did not provide adequate notice to satisfy section 965(1). View "SAD 3 Education Ass’n v. RSU 3 Board of Directors" on Justia Law