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CFPB Releases Report on Student Loan Servicing and Recommendations for Reform

Last week, the CFPB released a report summarizing the results of a two-month public inquiry into student loan servicing practices. At the same time, the CFPB, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S....more

Alert: ED Guidance on Competency-Based Education: Barriers to Adoption Remain

Institutions that are in the process of developing competency-based education ("CBE") programs now have a clearer window to the US Department of Education's perspective on how federal student financial aid rules can...more

CFPB Lays Down the Gauntlet on Student Loan Servicing

The CFPB and the U.S. Departments of Education and the Treasury have released a Joint Statement of Principles on Student Loan Servicing, accompanied by a CFPB report. In the CFPB’s press release announcing the publications,...more

News from Second and State

The biggest news out of the state legislature this week is final passage of a stopgap budget. Last week, the Senate passed S.B. 1000 (Browne, R-Lehigh), and on Thursday, it finally passed the House of Representatives. The...more

No Summer Vacation for Student Lending Companies as Enforcement Activity Continues

Student lending continues to remain in the crosshairs of federal and state consumer finance regulators during the summer months, with over five enforcement actions and investigations in recent weeks. As covered in both...more

Delaware Changes Online, Student Privacy Protection Laws

Four pieces of legislation intended to improve online privacy and protections for Delaware residents were signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on August 7, 2015. Collectively, this legislation will impact a broad range of...more

Alert: New Clery Act Requirements Warrant Close Review Before October 1 Deadline

New regulations under the federal Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA") that took effect in July have a direct impact on all institutions' Annual Security Reports as well as other aspects of institutions' compliance with the...more

Caitlyn on the track: Athletics, Title IX, and the transgender community

In our previous post, we discussed emerging federal policy regarding the application of federal anti-discrimination laws to the transgender community. We focused, in particular, on the “Statement of Interest” filed earlier...more

Alert: The Gainful Employment Rules: New Guidance on Reporting Obligations, Program Certification and Disclosure Requirements

On August 10, 2015, notably 10 days after the deadline for reporting the first set of student data for calculation of the GE debt-to-earnings rates passed, ED issued new guidance in an Electronic Announcement ("EA 58")...more

OSEP Dear Colleague Letter Reminds Districts to Consider Speech/Language Needs for Students with Autism

The Office for Special Education Programs (“OSEP”) within the U.S. Department of Education recently issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” indicating its concern that students with autism may not be receiving necessary speech and...more

Federal Court Dismisses Transgender Student’s Title IX Claims in Restroom Lawsuit

Last week, U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar ruled that a school board’s decision to prohibit a transgender student from using the male restroom does not constitute unlawful discrimination under Title IX of the Education...more

Taking The “Due” Out of Due Process – OSERS and Compliance Complaints

During a brief altercation in Dashiell Hammett’s classic novel, The Maltese Falcon, the protagonist, Sam Spade, warns one of his antagonists that “when you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.” That is much the same...more

Arizona Leads Nation in Defaulting on Student Loans

Congratulations Arizona, you are the best. You’re the best at being the worst!! I have admit that I borrowed that phrase from an ex-drill sergeant who was reprehending me for something I had done that was incorrect and it has...more

Caitlyn on campus: Title IX and the transgender community

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that no state could limit or prohibit same-sex marriages in an opinion that began: “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain...more

Does One Wrong Equal No Rights? Connecticut Lets Its Surrogate Parents’ Contracts Lapse

Due to the State Department of Education’s failure to provide new contracts in a timely manner, Connecticut’s approximately 74 surrogate parents have found themselves in limbo. Surrogate parents are appointed by the State...more

Alert: "Ability to Benefit" is Back, But Not the Same

Recently, a number of third-party test providers have begun promoting the Department of Education's ("ED") approval of their Ability-to-Benefit ("ATB") assessments by notifying institutions that, after a three-year hiatus,...more

Gainful employment reporting: Institutional debt and unpaid charges

As REGucation readers know, on July 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s new “gainful employment” or “GE” regulations finally took effect. Among other things, the new rules require institutions to report a wide range...more

Alert: California Approves Pathway for Non-Profit Institutions to Maintain Exemption from State Oversight

Governor Jerry Brown has now signed into law Senate Bill 81, which included language amending the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (the "Act") to permit "independent institutions of higher education"...more

New Hampshire Enacts Breach Notification Requirement for the Department of Education

The state of New Hampshire recently enacted House Bill 322 (“HB 322”), which requires the Department of Education (“DOE”) to implement additional procedures to protect student and teacher data from security breaches. Those...more

VAWA Regulations Take Effect July 1

The U.S. Department of Education’s rule implementing changes to the Clery Act under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2014 (VAWA) takes effect today. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2015 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Schools

The 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded. A comprehensive summary and discussion of laws that were passed during the 2015 session will be forthcoming from this firm after the Governor has acted...more

New York State Passes Campus Sexual Assault Law

On June 17, 2015, the New York State Legislature passed legislation governing how colleges and universities address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The governor is expected to sign it...more

Alert: Department Issues New Dear Colleague Letter on State Authorization

On Friday, June 19, 2015, the US Department of Education ("ED" or "the Department") issued a Dear Colleague Letter (GEN-15-10) ("DCL") reminding institutions that the current state authorization requirements (34 CFR § 600.9)...more

U.S. Department of Education Weighs in Against an Oregon Bill which would Make it Easier for Students to Opt Out of Testing

The question of the ability of students to “opt out” of mandated standardized testing is one that occupied many school districts during Connecticut’s most recent round of statewide testing. The U.S. Department of Education...more

Alert: Gainful Employment Regulations: Recent Updates from the Department of Education

The Department of Education published another announcement in its series of Electronic Announcements ("EAs") last week, as it prepares to implement the new Gainful Employment ("GE") regulations. Those regulations are...more

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