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U.S. Department of Education Issues New Interim Title IX Guidance

On Friday, September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education ("the Department") issued new interim guidance on sexual misconduct under Title IX. The guidance is in advance of rulemaking by the Department on Title IX...more

Are You Ready for August 1st?

The 2017/2018 school year is fast approaching and so are two very important deadlines. By August 1, 2017, school districts, intermediate school districts and public school academies are required to have policies in place...more

Transgender Equality: Coming to a School Bathroom or Locker Room Near You!

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued a letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in the May 13, 2016 Dear Colleague Letter on OCR's enforcement of Title IX with...more

MEA's 30 Day Window for Opt-Out Violates PERA

On May 2, 2017, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a unanimous ruling by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ("MERC") that the Michigan Education Association ("MEA") committed an unfair labor practice and...more

Every Student Succeeds Act Prohibits "Passing the Trash"

The Every Student Succeeds Act ("ESSA") was signed by former President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015 and is the federal law that replaced the previous No Child Left Behind Act. On April 3, 2017, the Michigan Department of...more

Department of Education and Department of Justice Withdraw Title IX Transgender Student Federal Guidance

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice ("Departments") withdrew statements of policy and guidance on transgender students and their use of school restrooms and locker rooms that were a...more

New Laws Expand Use of Opioid Antagonists to Schools for 2017-2018 School Year

In 2015, the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force was formed to develop a statewide action plan to address a growing public health problem in Michigan - overdose deaths. As opioid painkillers, such as...more

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