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School Districts Office of Civil Rights

Title IX Update - April 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

University of Alaska System – February 2017 - In late February, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) entered into a Resolution Agreement with the University of Alaska System related to a compliance...more

Website Accessiblity - An Introduction to the Problem and Best Practices for Education Agencies and Schools

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Are you reading this article on a computer? I would venture to guess that you are. How did you access this page? Did you have to navigate through multiple web pages? While you were at it, were you surfing the internet,...more

Second Circuit Holds IDEA Eligibility Does Not Automatically Result in Section 504/ADA Eligibility; Practical Implications Are Not...

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Second Circuit held that the parents failed to establish their claim “[b]ecause, as a matter of law, an IDEA disability does not necessarily constitute a disability under the ADA for Section 504.” Id. The court...more

OCR Finds Title IX Violation for School District’s Prohibition of Transgender Student’s Use of Locker Room

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently concluded that a public school district in Illinois violated Title IX both by prohibiting a transgender high school student from using the locker...more

Two Recent Decisions Provide Guidance on How School Districts Should Respond to Allegations of Sexual Assault

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Two recent decisions from our neighbors in Indiana and Michigan provide guidance on what courts may expect from school districts responding to allegations of sexual assault. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of...more

The Feds Are Watching: Equitable Allocations In School Budgets

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

It is indisputable that education forms the cornerstone of a productive society. What is frequently disputed, however, is what that cornerstone should cost, and just as every year swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, so...more

OCR Decision Reminds School Districts To Conduct Prompt, Thorough Investigation Of Student Sexual Harassment And Violence Claims

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Mlive.com and the NSBA Legal Clips recently reported that a Michigan School entered into an agreement with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to resolve allegations that the district failed to...more

New OCR Guidance Lays Out School District Responsibilities To Serve Students With Disabilities In Athletics

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On January 25, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” instructing school districts on their responsibilities to serve students with disabilities in...more

IHSA Under Pressure To Provide Accommodations To Student Athletes With Disabilities

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides that “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States … shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be...more

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