Christopher Mestecky and Anthony Fasano named to the Super Lawyers 2017 “Rising Stars” list

Partner Christopher Mestecky and Associate Anthony Fasano were named to the Super Lawyers 2017 “Rising Stars” list. Only 2.5% of attorneys in New York Metro area receive this distinction.

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Updated SED Guidance re State Aid 180 Day Requirement

On April 5, 2017, the State Education Department (“SED”) updated its guidance regarding session days, the school calendar, and the reporting of attendance data for State Aid purposes. While the update does not substantively change existing guidance, it appears to convey an intent to strictly enforce certain requirements moving forward. This change is evidenced […]

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Update Regarding Undocumented Students in Public Schools and DASA

On February 27, 2017, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and SED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued a joint press release highlighting their new guidance letter concerning the rights of undocumented students.  The guidance letter, available here http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/oag-sed-letter-ice-2-27-17.pdf, reminds school districts of the current state of the law governing […]

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Update Regarding Transgender Guidance

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter that withdrew two prior statements of policy and guidance regarding a school district’s obligations towards transgender students. In response, the New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) and […]

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NSBA’s 2017 COSA School Law Seminar

Managing Partner Gregory Guercio will be a panel member at NSBA’s 2017 COSA School Law Seminar in Denver, Colorado on March 23, 2017. The panel will be speaking on Labor and Collective Bargaining, 50 Years of Collective Bargaining in the Schools: History, Trends, and Practical Applications for the Future.

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Amendment to Education Law Regarding Reserve Funds

On December 31, 2016, the Governor signed into law a bill that amends the Education Law, in relation to requiring notice of reserve funds and reserves funded by resolution and to require that each school district post on its website, if any, a final annual budget and any multi-year financial plan adopted by the […]

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New York State Association of School Attorneys Webinar

Partners Richard Guercio and Gary Steffanetta will be co-presenters for a Webinar sponsored by the New York State Association of School Attorneys (NYSASA) on February 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. entitled Ethics for School Attorneys / The School Lawyer’s Ethical Obligations to Properly Navigate the Relationship Between the School District, the Superintendent and the […]

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Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption

Recently, New York Real Property Tax Law (“RPTL”) Section 458-b was amended to authorize school districts to grant certain partial tax exemptions from school district real property taxes for Cold War veterans and certain qualifying family members. Guercio & Guercio, LLP clients may view full memorandum in the Client Portal

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New Requirements under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

In December 2015, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“McKinney-Vento”) was reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”). ESSA made several changes to McKinney-Vento including new requirements for school districts that took effect on October 1, 2016. These changes are intended to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to public […]

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Anthony Fasano and a panel of speakers presented to the Education Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association regarding Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

On October 18, 2016, associate Anthony Fasano participated in a panel discussion for the Nassau County Bar Association’s Education Law Committee. The panel members discussed the issues that frequently arise when request for student records are made from the family court on school districts.

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