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Educational Institutions Discrimination

New Rules: OCR Issues Internal Memorandum Impacting Enforcement Practices for Pending and Future Investigations

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Earlier this month, the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary issued an internal memorandum to Regional Directors eliminating certain existing internal procedures and detailing new...more

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

New Federal Court Interpretation for Transgender Protections

by Barley Snyder on

In a decision that could have significant implications in the ongoing tug-of-war in the scope of protection afforded transgender individuals under federal law, a holding this week from a federal appeals court applied a novel...more

CHRO – A New Horizon For Students With Disabilities?

As my colleague Rachel Ginsburg aptly foretold, Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities [“CHRO”] has indicated an interest in involving itself with discrimination claims concerning the schools. A recent...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The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have withdrawn existing guidance on transgender students and issued a new Dear Colleague Letter calling into question whether Title IX requires that schools permit students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

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

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

Federal Government Reverses Position on Transgender Students’ Use of School Facilities

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Education Alert February 27, 2017 On February 22, 2017, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice withdrew two guidance letters from January 2015 and May 2016 that explained the former administration’s...more

With Supreme Court Review Looming, Feds Issue Immediate Withdrawal of Previous Title IX Guidance

by Barley Snyder on

Following the recent confirmations of Secretary of Education Elizabeth Devos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new Trump administration has moved quickly to withdraw prior guidance concerning discrimination of...more

Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance While Considering Legal Issues

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) jointly issued a statement rescinding the guidance on transgender students’ rights under Title IX issued to school districts nationwide in May. The prior...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Motion Seeking to Limit Court's Stay of Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidance in Public Schools

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There has been much speculation about the Trump administration’s position with respect to LGBTQ rights. We may now have our first glimpse. Just days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, the government has...more

Trump DOJ Drops Obama Administration’s Transgender Bathroom Fight

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, the Justice Department withdrew the pending legal challenge that had sought to reverse the federal court decision blocking the implementation of the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom policy for public...more

How Are You Handling Parents Who Might Not Speak English?

by Barley Snyder on

A recent Philadelphia court decision is a welcome reminder for Barley Snyder client school districts to know what is required of them when it comes to dealing with families where the parents or guardians of a student do not...more

New Administration Signals Change on Support of Transgender Guidance

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On Friday, the Trump administration signaled that it will not defend the guidance given by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) last May on transgender students’ rights under Title IX of the...more

University Of Denver Sued By EEOC for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

University Paid Female Full Law Professors Significantly Less Than Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER, Colo. - The University of Denver violated federal law by paying female employees lower wages than...more

Department of Education Issues Guidance Regarding Meeting the Needs of Students with ADHD

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Education recently issued a Dear Colleague Letter explaining the obligations of school districts to students with ADHD under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The guidance notes that over the last five...more

United States Department of Education Issues Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

by Barley Snyder on

On July 26, 2016, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter and resource guide (“Guidance”) to LEAs, preschools and post-secondary education institutions...more

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

Transcending Gender In Schools: Is Gender Neutral The New Normal?

by Fisher Phillips on

In Missouri, a 17-year-old student who was born male, but has identified as female since he was 13, chose to use the girls’ locker room during gym class. That decision sparked outrage in the school community and led to...more

Deliberate Indifference to Bullying Can Amount to Massive Liability – Lessons from the Pine Bush Settlement

$4.48 million. That’s how much the Pine Bush School District in central-New York just agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of current and former students who alleged that school administrators were...more

Federal Government Files ‘Statement of Interest’ In Gender-Identity Case

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In recent years, there have been increasing concerns involving discrimination faced by the transgender community. Not surprisingly, these concerns have centered on the challenges faced by gender non-conforming students and...more

Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney to Focus on Discrimination in Schools

Educational institutions – including public and private schools, colleges, and universities – may have to defend various types of discrimination claims brought by students, and in various arenas. In addition to federal court...more

N.J. Court Upholds Criminal Indictment against Former Employee Who Took Confidential Documents

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Recently, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court upheld a criminal indictment against a former employee of the North Bergen Board of Education (the Board), which stemmed from the alleged theft of public...more

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