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Fourth Circuit Reverses Preliminary Injunction in Transgender Student Rights Case; Adds its Two Cents

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In March of 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States remanded the high profile transgender student rights case, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. ex rel. Grimm, no 16-273, to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for...more

Blog: As the Department of Education Revisits the Gainful Employment Rule California Legislators Propose a State Alternative

by Cooley LLP on

With continued questions about the Trump Administration’s commitment to Obama-era regulations, including the Gainful Employment (GE) Rule, one state is ready to jump into the fray and offer its own state-based alternative to...more

Congress Eliminates Obama-Era Regulations on Teacher Preparation Programs

by Hogan Lovells on

President Trump signed into law on March 27 a joint resolution to nullify U.S. Department of Education (ED) regulations relating to teacher preparation programs pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA). As noted in its...more

State AGs criticize ED withdrawal of Obama student loan servicing policy direction

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of 20 state attorneys general, the D.C. attorney general, and the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizing...more

Blog: New Department of Education Accreditation Database: A Promising Start, But Clearly a Work in Progress

by Cooley LLP on

The Department of Education (ED) has launched a new online database intended to provide current and prospective students, as well as the broader community, with current information on the accreditation status of institutions...more

High School Sleuths Expose Questionable Credentials of New Principal

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Earlier this month in the city of Pittsburg, Kansas, a group of curious student journalists raised serious questions about the credentials of their newly hired principal, Amy Robertson. According to the Kansas City Star,...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 21, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 5

by Clark Hill PLC on

White House Demands Disrupt Shutdown Negotiations: Congressional leaders' efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration's 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill...more

Secretary DeVos withdraws Dept. of Education’s policy direction for student loan servicing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a memorandum issued last week, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos withdrew various memoranda issued by the Obama Administration ED Secretary and the ED’s Financial Student Aid Division (FSA) that provided...more

Transgender Students in Independent Schools: Developing Best Practices in a Confusing Political Landscape

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Issues regarding transgender students and employees have been at the forefront of political, legal and social discussion in recent months. As independent schools consider their role in promoting the health and safety of...more

Regional Accrediting Agency Proposes Ban on Paying Recruiters of International Students

by Hogan Lovells on

On March 27, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (“Middle States”) released for public comment a draft policy on its expectations for honesty and truthfulness in published information and in student recruitment...more

President Trump Signs 11 CRA Resolutions Overturning Obama-Era Regulations

by Baker Donelson on

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has a short 60 legislative day window to overturn regulations after they are finalized by the Administration. That window began to close on March 30, the final day to...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 3

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget/Appropriations - Spending Talks: House and Senate appropriators continue efforts to nail down an agreement on a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown after the expiration of the current...more

Every Student Succeeds Act Prohibits "Passing the Trash"

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Every Student Succeeds Act ("ESSA") was signed by former President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015 and is the federal law that replaced the previous No Child Left Behind Act. On April 3, 2017, the Michigan Department of...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 2

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget/Appropriations - April Deadline: The first deal Trump must cut is one to keep the government open past April 28, and here Republicans and Democrats mostly want him to get out of the way. Senate appropriators in...more

Blog: More Fallout from ACICS Loss of Recognition – SEVP Removes Grace Period

by Cooley LLP on

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced that its Student and Exchange Visitor Program will no longer allow ACICS schools 18 months to find new accreditors. Reversing its earlier position, the Student and...more

Shifting sands: the changing landscape of transgender discrimination

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Laws related to transgender discrimination are in a state of rapid flux. In the past couple of years, courts’ views on the law, particularly federal ones, have swung back and forth like a pendulum. Indeed, the interpretation...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget Work Stymied: With the House and Senate headed for a mid-April recess, work on completing the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations for 10 of the 11 appropriations bills remains unfinished despite an approaching April 28th...more

OIG: U.S. Department of Education Must Do More to Police the Financial Condition of Colleges and Universities

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that it had analyzed data released by the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) and concluded that 177 private colleges and universities failed ED’s financial responsibility...more

Blog: Administration Releases “Skinny” Budget; Education Feels the Pinch

by Cooley LLP on

On March 16, 2017, the Administration released its Budget Blueprint for 2018. Overall, the Blueprint upholds many of the campaign promises the President made, increasing military spending by significantly cutting funds from...more

Student Loan Servicers Still Looking for Clarification on Reporting Obligations

There is surprisingly little guidance for student loan servicers when it comes to credit reporting. The only recent guidance directed at loan servicers came by way of an announcement from the U.S. Departments of Education and...more

U.S. Department of Education Publishes Procedures for Group Borrower Defense Claims

by Hogan Lovells on

On 19 January, the U.S. Department of Education published regulations to establish procedural rules governing certain proceedings under the Department’s borrower defense regulations and to update the Department’s related...more

The future of gainful employment: Three points, a calendar, and a webinar

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As REGucation readers know, the U.S. Department of Education’s “gainful employment” or “GE” regulations require, among other things, that for each GE program an institution offers, it must make certain public disclosures....more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Remand of the Transgender Discrimination Case Impact Wage-and-Hour Class Actions?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a one-sentence summary disposition, remanded the case of Gloucester County Sch. Bd. v. G.G. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit “for further consideration in light of...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This was the third and final week of budget hearings for the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations committees. It was a busy one, too, with four full days of presentations on everything from...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

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