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Department of Education Releases New Guidance on SROs, Police in Schools

The Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued non-binding regulatory guidance regarding law-enforcement officers’ involvement in the administration of school discipline. The new guidance,...more

What Does the Future Hold for Doe v. Columbia and the Pleading Standard in Respondent Litigation?

In July 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overruled its longstanding precedent Yusuf v. Vassar College, which held that students alleging gender discrimination arising from disciplinary proceedings were held to a...more

Employers' Legislative Update: Governor Brown Signs New Bills

Tis the season for new laws in California and not all of it brings good tidings and cheer for employers. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed several state Assembly and Senate Bills affecting those who employ domestic...more

Second Circuit Holds IDEA Eligibility Does Not Automatically Result in Section 504/ADA Eligibility; Practical Implications Are Not...

The Second Circuit held that the parents failed to establish their claim “[b]ecause, as a matter of law, an IDEA disability does not necessarily constitute a disability under the ADA for Section 504.” Id. The court...more

CFPB highlights impact of student debt on communities of color

In a new blog post, the CFPB states that recent research “underscores the disproportionate impact of student debt on communities of color.” According to the CFPB, federal government data shows that over 90 percent of...more

Connecticut Court Orders Major Overhaul of Primary and Secondary Education Policies

On September 7, 2016, a Connecticut trial court in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Inc. v. Rell, ordered the state to implement major reforms to its education policies. More than a decade ago, a...more

Athletics Leadership and LGBTQ: Suggested Best Practices and Guiding Principles

Until recently, all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (“LGBTQ”) student-athletes, collegiate coaches, and administrators were expected to keep their sexual orientation or non-conforming gender identity...more

Brock Turner Rape Case | Victims’ Rights Attorney

Brock Turner: The Stanford Rape Case and Victims’ Rights - As a victims’ rights attorney, I was surprised when the Stanford rape case sentence was announced, and Brock Turner received a sentence of only six months in the...more

Is There a Change in the Wind for LGBTQ Law?

Unlike many of us, the courts were not on vacation during the month of August in the area of LGBTQ law. We have seen a number of rulings which seem to signal that the courts are trying to “slow down” the EEOC and other...more

North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” Dealt a Blow as Debate on Transgender Access Continues

On August 26, 2016, a North Carolina federal judge blocked the University of North Carolina (UNC) from enforcing a state law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the sex on their...more

Legal Update: U.S. Department of Education Guidance - Rights of Homeless Children and Youths under McKinney-Vento as Amended by...

Under McKinney-Vento, LEAs must ensure homeless children and youths have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education – including a public preschool education – as provided to other children and youths. U.S....more

Scandals, Investigations, and Media Scrutiny – The Need for Proactive Policies and Procedures in Athletics Departments

With the college football season set to kick off, most attention will turn to wins and losses rather than the off-field issues that place universities and athletic departments in the media spotlight. However, with the...more

Connecticut Unaffected by Federal Court Order Forbidding Enforcement of Transgender Guidance

Recently, a federal district court in Texas sided with Texas and several other states that challenged federal guidance instructing schools to accommodate transgender students under federal anti-discrimination laws. The...more

Latest Legal Developments on Transgender Student Issues

Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., 136 S. Ct. 2442 (U.S. 2016): Supreme Court Stays Fourth Circuit Order allowing transgender student to use boys’ restroom; State of Texas, et al. v. United States of Amercia, et al.,...more

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

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers...more

Federal judge in NC temporarily blocks H.B. 2

In one of the many lawsuits filed in North Carolina related to the notorious H.B. 2, Judge Thomas Schroeder of the Middle District of North Carolina has preliminarily enjoined the University of North Carolina from enforcing...more

Texas District Court Enjoins Federal Gender Identity Protection Of Students

Seyfarth Synopsis: In State of Texas v. United States, a District Court issued a nationwide injunction to enjoin the Department of Education and Department of Justice from enforcing their guidelines on accommodations for...more

United States District Court Enjoins Enforcement of Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students; Decision May Impact OCR...

On August 21, 2016, in a case entitled State of Texas et al. v. United States of America et al ., Judge Reed O’Connor of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary...more

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

A federal judge in Texas has dealt a serious blow to the Obama administration’s transgender school bathroom directive, barring the federal order which required schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker...more

DOE Dear Colleague Letter Advises Districts To Consider Whether IEPs of Students Experiencing Short-Term Disciplinary Removals...

On August 1, 2016, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and Office of Special Education Programs issued a Dear Colleague Letter suggesting that, in many cases, a...more

Gavin Grimm v. Glouchester County School Board—Is the Supreme Court Finally Weighing in on the Transgender Bathroom Debate?

On August 3, 2016, the United States Supreme Court granted a stay to a Virginia school Board pending Supreme Court review of the case. In an action reminiscence of the same sex marriage controversy, the Supreme Court's...more

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Order Allowing Transgender Restroom Choice

On August 3, 2016, amidst national debate over transgender rights, the United States Supreme Court temporarily blocked a court order that had allowed a transgender student to use the boys’ restrooms in a Virginia high school....more

Office for Civil Rights Issues New Dear Colleague Letter Regarding ADHD

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued another Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on July 26, 2016 regarding the obligation of school districts to students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) under Section 504 of...more

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