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The rising sun of HEA reauthorization

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Behind the scenes of the turmoil in Washington this year, congressional staff have been hard at work on the next iteration of the Higher Education Act. At long last, the curtain-raising for HEA reauthorization is expected...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could have Far-reaching Effects on Higher Education

by K&L Gates LLP on

The House of Representatives and the Senate are on a fast track to pass sweeping tax reform legislation that would have widespread implications for colleges and universities, their employees, and their donors. As part...more

News Now: Your One Minute Legal Insight (Election Results, School Vouchers, and Judicial Appointments)

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

It’s been another busy few weeks for public law here in Colorado. Here are the highlights... - November 7 elections. Last week voters across the country went to the polls, and Democrats made significant gains....more

Empowerment or Intrusion? The College Transparency Act of 2017

Stating the obvious, college is one of the most important and expensive investments Americans make. In addition to tuition costs, from a consumer perspective, other factors should be important in deciding on a college,...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Amendments Affecting Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Federal tax reform continues as House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) offered his second amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts on Nov. 9, modifying recently introduced legislation discussed in...more

Illinois lawmakers override governor’s veto of student loan servicing bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to override the veto by the state’s Republican governor of Senate Bill 1351, known as the Illinois Student Loan Servicing Rights Act. ...more

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019 - AB 746 Imposes Requirements for Water...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under a new state law, California water providers will need to test for lead in local schools’ drinking water on or before July 1, 2019. The new law, AB 746, imposes certain requirements on both water providers and school...more

DOE Rescinds Guidance Documents Related to Idea and Rehabilitation Act

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777. This order required Federal agencies to evaluate their existing regulations and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement,...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 32

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Narrowly Passes 2018 Budget Resolution: The House passed the Senate’s version of the budget resolution by a vote of 216-212 allowing Republicans to begin their work on tax reform. The budget resolution calls for...more

News from Second & State

Budget Update - It was a busy week in Harrisburg as the legislature got down to the business of putting the state budget to bed at long last. After having sent the Governor an omnibus Administrative Code bill last week,...more

Worth Another Look: The Public School Code

As we make our way toward finally finishing the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, another “code bill” reached the governor’s desk. The final version of H.B. 178 (Day, R-Berks), the Public School Code omnibus bill, passed in the...more

D.C. belatedly releases Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Student Loan Ombudsman Establishment and Servicing Regulation Act of 2016 (Servicing Act) became effective February 18, 2017. The Servicing Act set an October 1 deadline for the Student Loan...more

As Recent Title IX Legislative Efforts Meet Resistance, Litigation Will Likely Increase

• California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the state legislature’s attempt to codify previously issued Title IX guidance. • A similar bill, introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives, has not yet received the...more

Suicide Prevention in Schools - New Law Requires Schools to Adopt Suicide Prevention Policies, BB&K Attorney Dorothy McLaughlin...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Suicide is among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. For those in high stress industries, such as attorneys, the topic of suicide is an evolving, uncomfortable conversation that has led to a more open...more

NLRB Achieves Republican Majority

Over the past few months, we have written about President Trump’s efforts to fill the two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) with William Emmanuel, a management-side labor attorney in private...more

U.S. Education Department Issues Interim Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault

Friday, Sept. 22 was an eventful afternoon for Title IX compliance. The U.S. Education Department officially withdrew the core sexual misconduct guidance documents issued during the Obama administration: the 2011 Dear...more

Education Secretary Rescinds Obama-Era Campus Sexual Assault Guidance

by Fisher Phillips on

In a long-anticipated move, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights withdrew the Obama Administration’s 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence this morning, as well as its Questions and...more

The Department of Education Withdraws Obama-Era Title IX Guidance, Issues Interim Q&A

On Friday, September 22, 2017, when the Trump administration announced that it was rescinding Obama-era Title IX sexual assault guidance and issuing a new question and answer document while undertaking a formal review, most...more

DACA: Next steps for institutions of higher education

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2012, then-President Obama established with the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) Program. The DACA Program is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion by the...more

California School & Community College District Bond Legislation Update - September 2017

Good news on the legislative front for 2018 bond elections! First, the following bills have become two-year bills: Senate Bill 7 (Moorlach), which would require a school or community college district bond measure be...more

Student-Employee Unions: Should Universities Expect a Double U-Turn?

by Fisher Phillips on

Until recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) long held that private university student-employees were not considered “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because the relationship with their...more

Title IX: Now What?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered her Title IX address last Thursday at George Mason University, many expected the Department of Education was about to revoke the agency’s guidance set forth in the 2011 Dear...more

U.S. Department of Education Signals It Will Revise Title IX Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has advised that the U.S. Department of Education intends to revise its guidance on the application of Title IX to reports of sexual misconduct on college and university campuses. • DeVos...more

The Department of Education Seeks Public Input for New Title IX Policy

• The Department of Education (DOE) plans to gather public input—including input from educational institutions—on new Title IX policy, rejecting the prior administration’s issuance of policy by letter. • The DOE has not,...more

DACA Program to Be Phased Out

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Today, the Trump Administration announced rescission of the Obama Administration’s 2012 Executive Order which created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As of March 5, 2018, DACA will fully end with...more

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