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More Federal School Guidance Documents Come off the Ledger

by Barley Snyder on

The federal government has wiped away a host of special education guidance documents created over the past 30 years that it deemed antiquated....more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools (and Other Edtech Companies): Accessibility and the Americans with...

by Cooley LLP on

If you operate a coding academy or provide almost any kind of educational program (whether face-to-face, online or hybrid) – regardless of whether you accept federal funds or participate in federal student aid programs – you...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

Website Accessiblity - An Introduction to the Problem and Best Practices for Education Agencies and Schools

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Are you reading this article on a computer? I would venture to guess that you are. How did you access this page? Did you have to navigate through multiple web pages? While you were at it, were you surfing the internet,...more

Recent DOJ Settlement Agreement Offers Valuable Guidance Regarding Mandatory Medical Leaves of Absence

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent settlement agreement entered into between the Educational Opportunities Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, and the University of Tennessee provides some useful insight into what...more

United States Department of Education Issues Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

by Barley Snyder on

On July 26, 2016, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter and resource guide (“Guidance”) to LEAs, preschools and post-secondary education institutions...more

Legal Update: School Website Accessibility and Digital Communications Requirements

by Barley Snyder on

To ensure compliance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II), both of which are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office for...more

How Accessible is Your Website? OCR Prioritizing Equal Access for Educational Institutions’ Websites and Web-Based Applications

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

There is immense value in maintaining a website for your educational agency. Indeed, websites and web-based applications are intended to provide efficient and accessible information to the public, who rely on the information...more

More Lawsuits This Holiday Season?

Employers are acutely aware of the legal pitfalls that come with the holiday season. Office parties and alcohol are a potent recipe for bad judgment, and that bad judgment leads to harassment charges and lawsuits. Another...more

NSBA to OCR: Standard for Addressing Requests for Technology by Students With a Communication Impairment is Off Key

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Readers of our FR Alerts may remember my colleague Kendra B. Yoch authored an Alert in 2013 about a set of outlier cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, K.M. v. Tustin Unified School District and D.H. v. Poway Unified...more

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Sufficient Communication Modalities

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and the U.S. Department of Justice distributed a joint Dear...more

Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Issues Controversial Guidance On Rights of Disabled Students to Participate in...

by DLA Piper on

On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (‘‘OCR’’) released a Dear Colleague Letter (‘‘DCL’’) providing guidance on the obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973...more

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