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|Obtaining Relief from Penalties Related to IRS Form 1098-T Filing Deficiencies|
Joseph E. Lundy; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
August 26, 2015, previously published on August 2015It has been reported that many colleges and universities have received IRS Notices assessing significant penalties for failing to provide accurate or complete information on IRS Forms 1098-T. Going forward, colleges and universities may be able to take advantage of a safe harbor included in...
|From No Child Left Behind to Every Child Achieves|
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
August 18, 2015, previously published on August 13, 2015What’s in a name? Well, an awful lot. No Child Left Behind (“NCLB”) was a continuation of the Johnson Administration’s focus on addressing poverty in America. Those efforts continue as we consider unemployment, housing and infrastructure and the impact on rural and urban...
|DESE Publishes Guidance to Changes in Physical Restraint and Time-Out|
Murphy Hesse Toomey Lehane LLP;
August 18, 2015, previously published on August 2015On approximately July 31, 2015, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (“DESE”) published additional guidance on the implementation of physical restraint and time-out under the revised regulations at 603 CMR 46.00 et seq. Although the revised regulations are not effective...
|Senate Passes NCLB Reform|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 29, 2015, previously published on July 17, 2015The Every Child Achieves Act, which transfers more decision-making power to state and local authorities, passed by a vote of 81 to 17 and represents a rare moment of bipartisanship in Congress and a significant achievement for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
|Changes to Tennessee Education Laws, effective July 1, 2015|
D. Scott Bennett, Mary C. DeCamp; Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC;
July 24, 2015, previously published on Summer 2015TN Education Law Changes as of July 1, 2015
|U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Title IV Eligibility for Students Without a High School Diploma Who Are Enrolled in Eligible Career Pathway Programs|
Duane Morris LLP;
July 13, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015On May 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education ("ED" or "the Department") released guidance regarding a December 2014 amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, that makes an individual without a high school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) or who did...
|U.S. Supreme Court Decision Impacts Indiana Public Schools|
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
July 10, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015The United States Supreme Court decided today in King v. Burwell that subsidies could be offered in States with federally-facilitated insurance exchanges, including the State of Indiana. The Supreme Court concluded that the statutory language limiting the availability of subsidies only to insurance...
|Schools Must Amend and Restate 401(a) Plans Within Next 10 Months|
Kevin A. Halloran, W. James Hamilton, Donald M. Meyer; Bose McKinney & Evans LLP;
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 15, 2015Changes are regularly made to the federal tax laws that apply to qualified retirement plans described in Internal Revenue Code section 401(a) (“401(a) Plan”). To maintain tax-qualified status, a 401(a) Plan must be amended to include these periodic changes, and every five to six years,...
|What to Do When Your Child Turns 18, Part I: Education and Employment|
Ryan W. Barry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 2015At some point in their child's early adolescence, most families suddenly realize that the services and programs that they rely on to care for the child will soon disappear and be replaced by radically different benefits. Most of these new benefits abruptly come into play once their son or daughter...
|OLRB Rules Local Strikes Unlawful, While Government Proceeds with Back-to-Work Legislation|
Kate Dearden, Eric M. Roher; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
June 22, 2015, previously published on May 29, 2015On May 26, 2015, the Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “OLRB”), Mr. Bernard Fishbein, released his decision declaring the local strikes in three public school boards, Durham, Sudbury (Rainbow) and Peel (the “affected boards”) unlawful. He imposed a two-week...