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OCR, DOJ Heads Clarify Plans to “Reorient” Approach

by Barley Snyder on

With all of the issues the Trump administration is attending to as the nation’s transition continues, smaller -- but still-important -- issues aren’t getting much attention. But in late June, high-ranking federal officials...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...more

New Guidance Issued by the Department of Education on the Rights of Students with Disabilities

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

At the end of last month, the Department of Education released three new sets of guidance on the federal civil rights laws that govern students with disabilities. All three offer valuable information about current and...more

Federal Government Provides Schools New Guidance Regarding Transgender Students

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Two divisions of the federal government have weighed in on the recent legal controversies surrounding accommodations for transgender students. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S....more

Government Issues New Guidance on Transgender Students

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education issued a joint Dear Colleague Letter on May 13, 2016, clarifying that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status. The guidance states...more

New Federal Guidelines on Supporting Transgender Students Under Title IX

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Amidst a recently intensified national debate regarding support for transgender students in schools, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) today issued new guidance setting out guidelines for...more

Are You Training Your Teachers on Trauma-Informed Practices?

The Compton Unified School District in California is currently defending itself in a unique federal court lawsuit brought by students who allege that by failing to properly address the symptoms of complex, personal trauma...more

Government Group Scrutinizing Policies at Campuses

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Racist chants by students at the University of Oklahoma have gained national attention in the press and on the internet. Challenges to policies on reasonable accommodations at colleges, universities and schools have also...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

Texas Court Refuses To Prohibit RFID Tags In School

by Dentons on

On January 8, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issued a ruling denying a preliminary injunction in a case involving the use radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in name badges to...more

University Agrees To Modify Dining Services To Accommodate Food Allergies under the ADA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached an agreement with Lesley University of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under which Lesley agreed to modify its food services and meal plan system to accommodate students with celiac...more

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