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Employment Law Letter - Summer 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

How often does the Supreme Court of the United States decide a case that specifically affects a Connecticut employee? And how often are its decisions unanimous? Both occurred recently when the high court reviewed a dispute...more

Updated Guidance for Teaching English Learners in Pennsylvania

by Barley Snyder on

New state guidance released this month more clearly fleshes out a school’s responsibility toward its English learners and the rights those students have. The new guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education...more

Canary in a Coal Mine: Analyzing Title IX, OCR, and On-Campus Sexual Misconduct Adjudications in Plummer v. University of Houston

It is unusual for a dissenting opinion to be more noteworthy than the majority’s holding, yet that is the case in Plummer v. University of Houston, a decision recently handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

IDEA Exhaustion is Alive and Well: Applying Fry in Graham v. Friedlander

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has issued what might be the first decision in the country applying the United States Supreme Court’s recent test for determining whether a party is required to exhaust the administrative...more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Federal Court Allows Title IX Claim to Proceed Based Upon Allegations That Student Harassed By Peers for Failure to Conform to...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Russell Bittendender, et ux. v. Bangor Area School District, Case No. 15-6465 (E.D. Pa. 2017). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused to dismiss a complaint alleging that a school...more

New Federal Regulations for Schools - Clarifies Language and Requirements Related to Special Education

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education published regulations to implement Rosa’s Law, legislation enacted in 2010 to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in federal laws. These laws include...more

Investigating Sexual Assaults at School: Changes on the Horizon

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

We are closely monitoring the U.S. Department of Education’s policy guidance concerning investigations of sexual assaults and sexual violence on school campuses, applicable to both K-12 and higher education institutions...more

Task Force Finds More Than 150 Antiquated Federal Regulations – And Counting

by Barley Snyder on

A federal task force already has identified more than 150 education regulations that could be changed or repealed – and it’s not done yet. The Department of Education has issued a request for input on regulations the...more

OCR, DOJ Heads Clarify Plans to “Reorient” Approach

by Barley Snyder on

With all of the issues the Trump administration is attending to as the nation’s transition continues, smaller -- but still-important -- issues aren’t getting much attention. But in late June, high-ranking federal officials...more

Title IX Update - July 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Office for Civil Rights Indicates Changes to Investigation Protocols - The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reportedly released an internal memorandum indicating a change to its investigation...more

Only “Open Access” students attending Catholic separate secondary schools in Ontario may opt-out of religion classes: confusion...

by Dentons on

The recent media attention over the Ontario Human Rights Commission settlement involving a student who alleged discrimination when she sought an exemption from religion classes has caused confusion as to whether all...more

Special Education Tip – IDEA Does Not Provide for Summer Exceptions – 56-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

IDEA Does Not Provide for Summer Exceptions - Last week, Tips reviewed the necessity of complying with the 5-day rule for documents during the summer months. Another rule without a summer exception is the rule to have...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When Well-Intentioned School Policies Actually Create Risks

by Fisher Phillips on

There’s no question that today’s social and political climate has affected school campuses across the country in ways that have not been experienced in decades. A steady increase in the diversification of student bodies...more

Special Education Tip - The 5-Day Rule Applies in the Summer, Too - 55-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The 5-Day Rule Applies in the Summer, Too, Even if Your Staff is Under the Boardwalk - This is such a difficult time of year to hold IEP team meetings. School is out and staff leave town. But IEP team meetings continue...more

Feds Align IDEA Regulations with ESSA Requirements

by Barley Snyder on

With changes to other federal regulations, the U.S. Department of Education needed to do some updating of its own rules. That came Friday morning, when the department issued final regulations under Part B and C of the...more

Rebel Without A Stall: Title IX, Transgender Student Rights and Whitaker v. Kenosha

When the Trump Administration short-circuited the United States Supreme Court’s review of Gloucester v. G.G., in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit had held that Title IX’s protections extend to...more

Happy 45th Birthday, Title IX: You’ve Changed A Bit Over The Years

A law was born. On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be...more

Transgender Equality: Coming to a School Bathroom or Locker Room Near You!

by Clark Hill PLC on

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued a letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in the May 13, 2016 Dear Colleague Letter on OCR's enforcement of Title IX with...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/26-6/30

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Special Education Tip – Put Your Hands Over Your Ears – 54-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Put Your Hands Over Your Ears - It is always a good time to remember what you do not want to hear at IEP team meetings. The following has been heard at recent meetings...more

Office for Civil Rights Issues New Instructions on Transgender Student Complaints

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Changing course on complaints involving transgender students, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued new field instructions to its regional staff excluding discrimination claims based...more

Seventh Circuit Opinion Highlights Importance of Proactively Addressing and Documenting Employee Performance

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Every employer has faced the unfortunate experience of hiring an employee whose performance fell well below expectation. As highlighted in the Seventh Circuit’s recent Ferrill v. Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District...more

New Rules: OCR Issues Internal Memorandum Impacting Enforcement Practices for Pending and Future Investigations

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Earlier this month, the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary issued an internal memorandum to Regional Directors eliminating certain existing internal procedures and detailing new...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

by Barley Snyder on

It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

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