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Diploma Safety Net Option Expanded for NYS Students with Disabilities

by Harris Beach PLLC on

In December 2017, the Board of Regents adopted new emergency regulations that expanded the “superintendent determination” option for students with disabilities seeking to earn a local diploma upon high school graduation. ...more

Dr. King’s Message Rings True Today In The Context Of The LGBTQIA Community

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham in 1963, "[t]here are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws....How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?...Any law that...more

2018 New York Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

New York State legislators made their annual return to Albany for the start of the 2018 legislative session with no shortage of issues to deal with. The state is facing its first major budget crunch since Governor Andrew...more

Tax Act: New Laws Affecting Tax-Exempt Organizations

by WilmerHale on

The Tax Act contains a number of provisions that significantly affect tax-exempt organizations, in some cases to degrees not seen in decades. In addition, several provisions may indirectly affect tax-exempts, for example, by...more

2017 Legislative Summary (Part Two): The Budget “Implementer” And Its Effect On Connecticut’s Schools And Public Employers.

In 2017, our firm published a summary of new legislation affecting Connecticut’s schools and public sector employers. However, the 2017 “regular session” of the Connecticut General Assembly was not the final word. Due to the...more

Department of Education Announces Award of Student Loan Collections Contracts: the Latest Chapter in a Long-Running Saga

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Headlines - After much anticipation, on January 11, 2018, the Department of Education filed its Notice of Completion of Corrective Action. The filing announced its hotly contested award of unrestricted contracts for...more

State University's Filing Of Patent Infringement Action Waives Sovereign Immunity To IPR Proceedings

The PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) of the USPTO recently issued a decision that a filing of a patent infringement action by a public university waives sovereign immunity to inter partes review (IPR) proceedings in the...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2018

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As a middle school principal, I run a tight ship, and I expect that the students in my school will be respectful in their interactions with me and all the other staff members. I was infuriated,...more

Collection of ITT student debt barred in class action settlement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The saga of ITT Educational Services, Inc. appears to be drawing closer to an end, with ITT’s bankruptcy trustee and attorneys for former ITT students entering into a proposed class action settlement that would permanently...more

School Districts Gearing Up for 2018-2019 Hires with Special H-1B Rule

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

While students across the country are heading back to finish the school year, school districts are already preparing to hire teachers for the next academic term. Districts are suffering from a nationwide teaching shortage and...more

Department of Justice: Massachusetts’s Claims Against PHEAA Preempted By Federal Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, January 8, 2018, the United States Department of Justice weighed in with a Statement of Interest under 28 U.S.C. § 517 in a pending state-court action (No. 1784CV02682) brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...more

[Webinar] Borrower Defense Rule: Negotiated Rulemaking Session 2 - January 24th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On November 13, 2017, the U.S Department of Education began the process of overhauling a complex and controversial Obama-era regulation commonly referred to as the “borrower defense” rule. Thompson Coburn Partner Aaron...more

DOL Rejects Obama-Era “Intern” Test

With college classes resuming soon, many employers will be welcoming interns to the workplace. Employers must be careful in determining whether unpaid interns are properly classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

2018 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

After clearing the cobwebs from the General Assembly's levers of power, Georgia lawmakers arriving in Atlanta today will find no shortage of thorny propositions awaiting them: budget priorities, rural development and...more

ML Strategies 2018 Outlook: Education

While education issues are expected to be major priorities in Congress throughout 2018, Congressional leadership left town last year still unable to come to an agreement on the funding of Cost Sharing Reductions (CSRs) and...more

Washington, D.C. Amends Student Loan Servicing Regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) has announced a change to the way it calculates a controversial annual assessment fee on student loan servicer licensees. ...more

CFPB releases report on college credit card agreements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB released its sixth annual report to Congress on college credit card agreements.  The annual report is mandated by the CARD Act. ...more

ML Strategies Outlook for 2018

With the start of a new year, Congress returns to Washington for the second session of the 115th Congress, while President Trump readies for his first State of the Union on January 30, 2018. The legislative agenda for the...more

Title IX and Defamation: An Emerging Challenge Facing Higher-Education Institutions

by Littler on

There is currently a national focus on gender-based harassment. College campuses are no different. Even with the changes to Title IX guidance in the past months, eliminating sexual harassment and assault on campuses remains a...more

Tax Reform Bill – Changes to Section 529 Qualified Tuition Programs and Section 529A Qualified ABLE Programs

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law the bill formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Final Bill). This alert summarizes the principal provisions affecting Section 529 Qualified Tuition Programs and...more

Commentary: Tartikov v. Pomona and RLUIPA

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Over the years, I’ve represented a number of churches and synagogues in their pursuit of zoning and development approvals to build places of worship. In my consultations with these clients, inevitably someone says something...more

Education Legislation Summary: 2017 Special Session – Biennial Budget, Connecticut General Assembly

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the General Assembly passed Emergency Certified Bill 1502 (“Bill 1502” or “the Bill”). The Bill was signed by Governor Malloy on October 31, 2017 (except for a line item veto related to hospital charges)....more

Tax Reform’s Effect on the Sports Industry

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, the $1.5 trillion tax reform law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Act”). This alert describes provisions of the Tax Reform Act that we...more

End-of-Year Decisions by The PAC Provide Cautionary Notes to Public Bodies

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the last month and a half of 2017, the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office issued three binding opinions, one addressing the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and two addressing the Freedom of...more

A New Year and New Final Standards For Expulsions and Alternative Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education this morning adopted new standards for expulsions and alternative education. As we discussed back in September, pursuant to Public Act 17-220 the State Department of Education was...more

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