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Alert: ED Issues Sweeping Proposed Rules on Borrower Defense

Almost four months after the marathon negotiated rulemaking ended in March without consensus, the US Department of Education (ED) has released a massive Notice of Proposed Rulemaking describing how it plans to refocus the...more

Legal Update: School Website Accessibility and Digital Communications Requirements

To ensure compliance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II), both of which are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office for...more

Appeals Court Holds that Title IX Requires Schools to Provide Transgender Students Access to Restrooms Congruent with their Gender...

G. G. v. Gloucester County School Board, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7026 (4th Cir. Va. Apr. 19, 2016). A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reverses the lower court’s dismissal of a transgender boy’s...more

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

News from Second and State

The laws of physics tell us that objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and that rule held true for the Pennsylvania General Assembly this week. Carrying over from the hustle and bustle of last week, we saw plenty of...more

Department of Education Proposes Rules Increasing Student Loan Risk to Schools

On June 13, the Department of Education (DOE) proposed new rules relating to effective discharges of student loans. The proposed rules should be of note and concern to all schools, nonprofit and for-profit alike, because of...more

Alert: Challenges to Gainful Employment Student Completer Lists Due July 28

The US Department of Education has set the deadline for institutions to file corrections to their "student completer lists" as the next major step in ED's effort to publish the first set of rates under the Gainful Employment...more

Alert: ED to Propose New Rules for Online Education

Last week, the Department of Education (ED or the Department) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposed new or amended state authorization regulations. The proposed regulations relate to state...more

How Accessible is Your Website? OCR Prioritizing Equal Access for Educational Institutions’ Websites and Web-Based Applications

There is immense value in maintaining a website for your educational agency. Indeed, websites and web-based applications are intended to provide efficient and accessible information to the public, who rely on the information...more

Office of Civil Rights Releases “Dear Colleague” Letter on Transgender Students

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) addressing a school’s Title IX obligations regarding transgender students, and explaining how the U.S....more

Transgender Accommodation Issues at the Forefront of Employment and Education

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new Fact Sheet, announcing its formal position on bathroom access rights for transgender employees. The Fact Sheet provides employers with a...more

Transgender Student Issues – The FEDs Speak, But Is It Really News In Connecticut?

On May 13, 2016, with much fanfare, the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education jointly issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” [“DCL”] in order to provide guidance for school districts with...more

Transgender Employee Bathroom Use

Ah, the bathroom. A place of relief and solitude for many, but for the last six weeks, it has been the focus of controversy. North Carolina now requires that people only use restrooms designated for the gender that appears...more

Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights Issue Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

On Friday, May 13, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance entitled Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students (“Guidance”). This guidance is provided pursuant to the Departments’...more

Department of Education Cash Management Regulations To Become Effective

Final regulations promulgated last year by the United States Department of Education (the “Department”) become effective July 1, 2016. The Department stated that the purpose of the regulations is “to address recent changes in...more

Department of Education’s best practices for transgender students deserve careful attention

As some REGucation readers may recall, last summer we authored a two-part series on emerging federal policy regarding the application of federal anti-discrimination laws to the transgender community. In particular, we...more

U. S. Department of Education Guidance on Transgender Students

The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice issued a joint Dear Colleague Letter ("DCL") on transgender students on May 13, 2016. The DCL is accompanied by a second document by the Department of Education...more

Federal Government Guidance On Transgender Students Breaks Barriers

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice published a guidance document for elementary and secondary schools that summarizes emerging practices for supporting transgender students. While...more

Alert: New Student Debt Standards Could Allow Massive Loan Forgiveness

While the Negotiated Rulemaking has concluded, the issues embedded in the Borrower Defense to Repayment regulation (BDTR Rule) remain under active discussion within the US Department of Education and promise to change the...more

Government Issues New Guidance on Transgender Students

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education issued a joint Dear Colleague Letter on May 13, 2016, clarifying that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status. The guidance states...more

U.S. DOE and DOJ Release Joint Guidance Regarding Transgender Students

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance today entitled Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students. This guidance is provided pursuant to the DOE and DOJ’s enforcement authority under Title IX,...more

New Federal Guidelines on Supporting Transgender Students Under Title IX

Amidst a recently intensified national debate regarding support for transgender students in schools, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) today issued new guidance setting out guidelines for...more

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Issue ‘Significant Guidance’ on Transgender Rights under Title IX

The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (DOE) have issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) containing “significant guidance” on how these departments will apply sex discrimination protections under Title IX...more

Legal Update: 5/13/16 OCR "Dear Colleague" Letter Regarding Title IX -Transgender Students

As a follow-up to prior updates regarding transgender students’ rights, on May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter regarding LEA’s Title IX obligations for...more

Alert: ED to Issue First Set of Gainful Employment Rates in January

The US Department of Education just announced its intent to issue the first set of official Debt to Earnings Rates ("D/E Rates") under the Gainful Employment Rule ("GE Rule") in January 2017. That timing would be consistent...more

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