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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

Check Please: OCR’s Future in the Wake of Proposed Budget Cuts

Published reports indicate that President Trump’s proposed budget includes what is approximately a fifty percent reduction in the prior fiscal year’s funding for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil...more

Special Education Tip - There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel - 43-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel and It Ain’t No Train - Some good news. The NSBA Council of School Attorneys (“COSA”) met last week in Denver, Colorado. One of the speakers was former COSA Chair Tom Wheeler,...more

Supreme Court Sends Transgender Student Case Back to Lower Court; Other Case Worth Watching

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following revocation of Obama Administration transgender guidance, the U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s determination that a transgender student had shown a likelihood of...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Court of Appeals After Trump Administration Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court remanded a highly anticipated transgender rights case back to the Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration withdrew Obama era guidance regarding the rights of...more

SCOTUS, New Dear Colleague Letter Muddle Transgender Issues Under Title IX

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have withdrawn existing guidance on transgender students and issued a new Dear Colleague Letter calling into question whether Title IX requires that schools permit students to use...more

Flushed: Supreme Court Vacates Fourth Circuit’s Title IX Transgender Bathroom Decision in Gloucester County v. G.G.

In a not particularly surprising development, on March 6, 2017, the United States Supreme Court vacated the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s judgment in the controversial case of Gloucester County...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Lower Court

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Education’s directives concerning the rights of transgender students under Title IX have changed course, muddying the collective understanding of how federal agencies interpret Title...more

The Supreme Court Will Not Hear Landmark Transgender Student Case

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The wait for a final resolution of the legal issues surrounding transgender students will be extended as the result of a decision yesterday by the United State Supreme Court in the landmark case, Gloucester County School Bd....more

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Case to Lower Court

by Fisher Phillips on

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not entertain arguments in GG v. Gloucester County School Board, a case that would have been the Court’s first significant opportunity to weigh in on gender identity...more

Title IX Update - March 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Rescission of Previous Administration’s Guidance Relating to Transgender Students - On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter rescinding the...more

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the...more

The Future of Title IX Enforcement and Gender Identity

The evolving field of enforcement of Title IX matters took another turn last week. On February 22, 2017, the Department of Education and Department of Justice, under the direction of the new Administration, together...more

Is Title IX Guidance and Enforcement About to Change?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education issued its first Dear Colleague Letter guidance of the new administration, rescinding the transgender rights guidance that the Obama administration issued last summer. The...more

Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Reversed by Departments of Education and Justice

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 22, 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a two-page "Dear Colleague" letter that formally rescinded the Obama administration’s interpretation of transgender student rights as an extension of Title...more

Title IX Meets VII: Grappling with Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination in Education

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Employers in education are familiar with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its applicability to all schools receiving federal funding. Title IX states that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis...more

What Can Employers Glean from the DOE’s and the DOJ’s Position on the Provision of Transgender Bathrooms under Title IX?

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance issued by the Department of Education on January 7, 2015 and...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Obama-Era Protections for Transgender Students

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

Trump Administration Withdraws Obama-Era Protections for Transgender Students - On Wednesday evening, the United States Department of Justice and Department of Education issued a joint “Dear Colleague” guidance letter...more

More Than A “Bathroom Mandate”: Gender Identity Discrimination Under Titles VII And IX In The Trump Era

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In May 2016, the Obama Administration’s U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague letter directing schools to recognize and treat...more

Department of Education and Department of Justice Withdraw Title IX Transgender Student Federal Guidance

by Clark Hill PLC on

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice ("Departments") withdrew statements of policy and guidance on transgender students and their use of school restrooms and locker rooms that were a...more

Governor Malloy Issues Executive Order On Transgender Students’ Use of Bathrooms in Public Schools

On February 22, 2017, President Trump’s administration decided to rescind, pending further review, the Obama administration’s federal guidance that requires transgender students receive access to the restrooms and locker...more

Rescinded Guidance on Transgender Students’ Access to Sex-Segregated Facilities Raises Questions for Educators

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the latest chapter in the saga of evolving legal rights and protections for transgender students, on Feb. 22, the Departments of Justice and Education issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” that rescinded their prior...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Prior Department of Education Interpretations Regarding Title IX Protections Afforded to...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education jointly issued a “Dear Colleague” letter yesterday withdrawing and rescinding the Obama Administration’s prior guidance letters which instructed schools that...more

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Title IX and Transgender Students

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice published a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) rescinding previous guidance that had sought to protect transgender students' rights. This rolling back of guidance...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance

by Ruder Ware on

On February 22, 2017, one day before briefs were submitted to the Supreme Court in a case involving a transgender student in Pennsylvania, the Trump Administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department...more

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