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2016 Legislative Update: Summary of Changes in School Law

BOARDS OF EDUCATION - ENFORCEMENT OF BINDING PUBLIC ACCESS COUNSELOR OPINIONS - Public Act 99-586 - Effective Date: January 1, 2017 - Individuals who file lawsuits to enforce binding opinions from the PAC...more

Non-Renewal of Administrator Contracts

The deadlines are approaching for non-renewal of administrative contracts. Administrator contracts are governed by Section 1229 of the School Code, MCL 380.1229, which contains two crucial deadlines for non-renewing an...more

Charter Schools: Leasing a surplus building from the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia has a special program to lease surplus buildings to Charter Schools. Read Roberta Colton's article to find out the details. and best practices....more

CFPB proposes more information collections

Earlier this week, the CFPB published in the Federal Register a request for comments on its plans to submit a request to the Office of Management and Budget for generic clearance of an information collection to assist the...more

2013 California Construction Law Update

More than 4,000 bills were introduced in the California State Legislature during the 2011-2012 legislative session. Of these bills, 996 made it to Governor Brown’s desk, of which 876 were signed into law, and 120 were...more

CFPB issues student loan exam procedures

The CFPB has issued its examination procedures for student lenders. The procedures will be used by the CFPB’s examiners in examinations of large banks that make private student loans (meaning banks with total assets of more...more

CFPB’s “Paying for College” site continues to evolve

Last week Peter Jackson, the Senior Advisor for Communications at the CFPB, put up a post on the CFPB’s blog describing the CFPB’s “Paying for College” web tools, which are currently in a beta stage and which are still...more

CFPB Releases Exam Procedures For Student Loans

The CFPB has published the procedures it will use in examining student lenders. The Student Lending Examination Procedures are an extension of the CFPB’s General Supervision and Examination Manual and will be used as a field...more

Chopra keeps focus on student loan servicing problems

In an editorial last week in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, once again made servicers of student loans the focus of his comments. In August, in remarks to the Congressional Forum...more

CFPB student loan ombudsman releases first annual report

Recently, the CFPB’s Consumer Response Team released its Snapshot of Complaints, providing a one-page summary of the approximately 2900 private student loan complaints received by the CFPB from March 1, 2012 through September...more

Pennsylvania General Assembly passes Bill allowing drilling on state university land

On September 25, 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation that will allow the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to lease mineral rights under land owned by state universities. The bill had previously been...more

Pew report could bolster CFPB student loan concerns

The Pew Research Center has just released a report that seems likely to bolster the CFPB’s concerns about student loans. The report notes that “in nearly every demographic and economic category” more households are borrowing...more

Whew! CFPB reanalysis of student loan data doesn’t change findings and recommendations (but CFPB’s description of reanalysis...

After reanalyzing certain sample loan level data, the CFPB announced that it is not making any changes to the key findings and recommendations in its July report to Congress on private student loans. The CFPB had posted a...more

Chopra student loan remarks could signal new CFPB proposals or actions

Recent remarks by Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, to the Congressional Forum on Student Loans and in an interview with Bloomberg Radio could presage new CFPB student loan recommendations to Congress or even...more

Oops: CFPB reanalyzing data in private student loan report

The CFPB has indicated on its website that it is reanalyzing sample loan level data that was the basis for various results contained in the CFPB’s report to Congress on private student loans issued in July....more

Court Strikes Most of ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule, But For-Profit Colleges Must Still Beware

For-profit education institutions may have breathed a sigh of relief on June 30, 2012, when a federal judge struck down most of the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment rule. The decision came none too soon, as the...more

CFPB issues student loan report and launches online tool for problem student loans

The CFPB issued today its report to Congress on private student loans as mandated by Dodd-Frank, which the CFPB describes as the “Cycle of boom and bust in private student loan market.” Issued jointly with the Department of...more

Student loans: lots of comments and another request for information

The CFPB has finally published the nearly 2,000 comments it received from individual borrowers, parents, and others as a result of the request for information in which it asked a series of questions to assist it in preparing...more

Payment Matters: CMS's Non-Hospital Training Rules Again Upheld

In the recently decided case University Med. Ctr., Inc. v. Sebelius [PDF], the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld CMS policies regarding nonhospital training agreements as those policies were applied in...more

State of Delaware cracking down on retirees working for charter schools

Charter schools that are receiving services from pensioners or have contractual relationships with those retirees may be violating Delaware law. Is your school being provided services by a retiree receiving a State of...more

Contractors and Subcontractors Beware

Subcontractor’s bids, when coupled with its backlog of uncompleted contracts, must not cause subcontractor to exceed aggregate rating limit in public school projects. If so, contractor’s bid will be rejected due to...more

TRS Rules Expiring on July 1

Due to inaction by the Illinois General Assembly in the most recent legislative session, two important Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) rules are set to expire on July 1 of this year. First, the post-employment work...more

Payment Matters: Reminder: CMS Now Permits Electronic Submission of Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) Affiliation...

As all teaching hospitals are aware, Medicare permits hospitals to share Medicare resident FTE cap slots through the use of Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) affiliation agreements. Historically, CMS has required that...more

In Two Cases, Illinois Appellate Court Reaffirms Rule of Deference to Decisions of Academic Institutions

In two recent decisions, the Illinois Appellate Court confirmed that Illinois courts are precluded, except in rare circumstances, from second-guessing the decisions of educational institutions regarding students. In both...more

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