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Illinois Court Finds In Favor of School District in Dispute Over District’s Decision to Allow Bathroom and Locker Room Access for...

In an opinion issued yesterday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert decided that Township High School District 211 “balanced the interests of all its students when it decided to permit transgender students to...more

Supreme Court Will Review Two Special Education Cases this Term

The Supreme Court currently has two important special education cases on its docket for this term. The first is Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (10th Cir.), which will revisit the free and appropriate public...more

State Legislatures Protect Student Data and Mandate Greater Transparency

Public schools have generated and maintained massive amounts of student information for decades. Standardized test scores, grades, conduct records, psychological and medical information, student assessments, child and parent...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Student Medical Records

On September 14, 2016, the Department of Education (DOE) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” to provide guidance on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure of student medical...more

The NLRB Recognizes Student-Employees: The Effect of Columbia University on Private Universities

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) held in a 3-1 decision that undergraduate and graduate student assistants at private colleges and universities are employees under Section 2(3) of the...more

Avoid Uber-Liability By Restricting Ridesharing Services On Campus

It’s 4:30 p.m., school soccer practice has just ended, and 11-year old Cynthia calls her mom to pick her up at school. Her mom tells Cynthia that she is busy at work but has requested an Uber to pick her up. Just as she gets...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

California Enacts New Licensing Requirements for Student Loan Servicers

Student loan servicers located in California servicing loans made to residents of any state and those located elsewhere servicing loans made to California residents will be subject to a new licensing requirement created by...more

Family Policy Compliance Office Issues FERPA Privacy Guidelines

Institutions of higher education frequently offer students access to on-campus medical services resulting in institutionally maintained student medical records. These services have grown over the last several years and, in...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

NLRB Allows Student Assistants to Unionize, Signals Commitment to Expanding Its Reach

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “the Board”) reversed standing precedent and held that student assistants at private universities, including both graduate and undergraduate teaching and research...more

CFPB Flunks For-Profit Education Company, Orders $31M Payment

Continuing its recent focus on student lending, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a for-profit college company to provide loan forgiveness and refunds of more than $23 million, adding an $8 million civil...more

Privacy Tip #54 – Keep Student Data Safe

In the past few years, we have seen the explosion of “big data,” “data analytics,” “data aggregation,” “predictive modeling,” and “data breaches.” None of these terms existed when I graduated from law school. We have...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - For the first time since the passage of the 2016-2017 general appropriations bill, both the Pennsylvania House and Senate were in session this week. With the session winding down and the general election...more

CFPB discusses handling of student loan partial prepayments by servicers

In a new blog post by Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman, the CFPB discusses its concerns regarding how student loan servicers may be responding to borrowers seeking to make partial prepayments on their student loans and...more

Privacy Rules Surrounding Student Mental Health

September can bring about lots of changes, especially for college students. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a guide for departing college students and their families on mental illness, including...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

Rejecting "True Lender" Arguments, California District Court Dismisses Claims Against Student Loan Servicers

This past Thursday, September 22, a federal district court in the Central District of California dismissed an action raising usury claims against several student loan servicers, rejecting the plaintiffs' arguments based on...more

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum – Session One Recap

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum got off to a great start with a thought provoking presentation by Mark Sommaruga and Zach Schurin regarding a summary of 2016 Connecticut legislative enactments...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

The CFPB's Latest: Student Loans and Fix-It Forms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken two actions that are worthy of note. First, the Student Loan Ombudsman released his mid-year report, in which he focused his attention on complaints about servicer activity...more

CFPB highlights impact of student debt on communities of color

In a new blog post, the CFPB states that recent research “underscores the disproportionate impact of student debt on communities of color.” According to the CFPB, federal government data shows that over 90 percent of...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

National Anthem Protests: How Should Schools, Colleges, And Universities Respond?

It’s the night of the big game. Parents, students, and fans fill the stands. The marching band takes the field, but as the band begins to play the national anthem, the football team’s star player drops to one knee – similar...more

CFPB enters into consent order with for-profit college owner

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Bridgepoint Education, Inc., the owner of two for-profit colleges, to settle charges that the company’s representatives engaged in deceptive acts or practices...more

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