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Texas Judge Clarifies Scope of Transgender Guidance Injunction; Feds Appeal to 5th Circuit

We have been tracking the development of litigation concerning rights, obligations, and duties with regard to transgender students as cases unfold across the country. Earlier this summer, Texas and twelve other states...more

Ohio Judge Upholds Federal Guidelines for Transgender Students

The landscape of transgender law impacting students is quickly evolving, in large part due to the increasing national debate over restroom access for transgender students. By way of background, under Title IX, schools...more

Montana Supreme Court Struggles with the Intersection of FERPA and State Open Records Laws

While investigating sexual misconduct at the University of Montana’s campus, bestselling author Jon Krakauer filed a request with the office of the Commissioner of Higher Education of the State of Montana to inspect specific...more

PTAC Releases Guidance Video Concerning Use of Email and Student Privacy

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (“PTAC”), a resource established by the U.S. Department of Education, recently released a guidance video concerning the use of email in schools and student data privacy. In this short...more

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Release Dear Colleague Letters Jointly Announcing New SECURe Rubrics...

On September 8, 2016, the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) jointly released new guidance regarding school resource...more

Department of Education Releases Training Materials on Handling Sexual Misconduct

The Department of Education (DOE) recently released the Safe Place to Learn resource package, providing schools with a variety of materials aimed at eliminating student-on-student sexual harassment and sexual violence. The...more

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue “Dear Colleague” Letters and Resource Materials for LEAs Addressing the Use of...

On Sept. 8, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) each issued “Dear Colleague” letters and accompanying “resource documents” addressing school-based law enforcement and the role of School Resource Officers...more

ED terminates recognition of ACICS: Next steps

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S Department of Education announced its decision to end federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), the country’s largest national accreditor, which...more

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

Back to School: Recent Cases Offer Lessons in International Tax “Basics”

In Liv. Commissioner (T.C. Summ. 2016-49), the taxpayer, appearing pro se, claimed he was entitled to education credits under Section 25A. The Tax Court disagreed, finding that the taxpayer’s U.S. residency start date made...more

Department of Education Issues New Guidance on Disclosure of Student Medical Records

The Family Policy Compliance Office at the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) recently released "significant guidance" on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the release of...more

ED issues proposed rules for Higher Ed Distance Learning Programs

The summer of 2016 has been remarkable in the world of higher education regulation. On May 13, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a joint Dear Colleague letter concerning civil rights...more

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Campus Policing

Citing the ongoing nationwide dialogue on law enforcement-community relations, racial justice and officer and public safety, on September 8 the U.S. Department of Education (in coordination with the Justice Department)...more

CFPB Midyear Update Signals 3 Steps Student Loan Servicers Should Consider Taking Now

As regulatory pressure on student loan servicing continues to increase, servicers are paying close attention to the steady stream of news and publications issuing from the CFPB and the Department of Education. The most recent...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

Massachusetts AG Settles with Student Debt Relief Company Over Alleged Illegal Fees

On September 1, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General (“AG”) announced a settlement with a student loan debt relief company, over allegations the company charged illegal fees to enroll borrowers in income-based repayment...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

OSERS Reminds of Need to Consider PBIS; Cautions on Use of Short-Term Removals and Exclusionary Discipline

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on August 1, 2016 underscoring the importance of positive behavioral...more

Department of Education Issues New Dear Colleague Letter Regarding the Enrollment of Homeless Students

On July 27, 2016, the United States Department of Education (“Department of Education”) released a dear colleague letter (DCL) and a non-regulatory guidance document (“Guidance Document”) discussing school districts’...more

[Webinar] The Proposed Repayment Rate for Proprietary Schools (Proposed Borrower Defense Rule Series) - September 14th, 12:00pm...

Our final webinar will focus on the new repayment rate the Department proposes for proprietary institutions. We will examine in detail the methodology the Department suggests it would use, and the penalty associated with a...more

Alert: ED Seeks Further Compliance with Third-Party Servicer Rules

On August 18, 2016, the US Department of Education (ED or the Department) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) providing additional guidance on issues related to the requirements for third parties that provide financial aid...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

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

FCC Issues Two Key TCPA Orders

In the past two weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued two important orders that modified and clarified the agency’s rules for enforcement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Both orders are...more

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