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Adobe PDFTransgender Students' Rights
Felicia S. Vasudevan; Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on May 2016
On May 13, 2016, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a Dear Colleague Letter reinforcing their prior interpretation that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972...

 

Adobe PDFChanges to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Felicia S. Vasudevan; Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on May 2016
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”), which amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“McKinney-Vento”). The amended McKinney-Vento goes into effect on July 1, 2016, with a few exceptions.

 

HTMLP.E. Teacher Sued after Student is Injured during Floor Hockey Game
Monica Kim; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
Evan Barr filed a suit against his physical education teacher, Laurel Cunningham, and Township High School District 211 alleging willful and wanton misconduct for failing to provide protective eyewear during a floor hockey game.

 

HTMLEducation and Justice Departments Issue Controversial Title IX Guidance on Transgender Students Equating Sex with Gender Identity
Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2016, previously published on June 3, 2016
On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice (“the Departments”) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (“DCL” or “guidance”) regarding transgender students (meaning students who identify as a gender that...

 

HTMLHouse Committee Advances Higher Education Bills
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2016, previously published on June 24, 2016
As much of the attention in Washington this week was concentrated on the sit-in by House Democrats over gun control legislation, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22 approved by voice vote five bipartisan bills aimed at assisting students in choosing the right college or...

 

HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2016, previously published on June 23, 2016
On June 23, 2016, in its second time hearing Fisher v. University of Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the affirmative action admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin. The Court held that the program is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause because it is narrowly tailored to...

 

HTMLHigh Court Finds UT Austin Race-Conscious Admissions Process Constitutional
F. Christopher Chrisbens, Thomas Dorer, Marla N. Presley, Mickey Silberman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 12, 2016, previously published on June 24, 2016
In a 4-3 decision on Thursday, June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s (UT) race-conscious admissions program. The decision addressed only UT’s specific admissions policy in effect when Ms. Fisher was denied admission in 2008, but for the third...

 

HTMLHealthcare Subsidies for Grad Students: An ACA Conundrum
Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Melissa Ostrower, Kellie Margaret Thomas; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 11, 2016, previously published on June 17, 2016
Colleges and universities historically have provided graduate student employees (e.g., teaching assistants) with a stipend or reimbursement to help defray (or even fully cover) the cost of their medical coverage under the student health plan. Competing guidance from the Departments of Health and...

 

HTMLDear Colleague Letter Issued by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice
Robert D. Haws, Shelby M. Lile, Jennifer N. MacLennan, Susan Plimpton Segal; Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2016
On May 13, the U.S. Department of Education ("USDOE") and Department of Justice jointly issued a Dear Colleague letter addressing transgender students and Title IX compliance in schools. Along with the letter, they provided sample policies compiled by the USDOE and a question and answer...

 

HTMLLegal Developments Regarding Transgender Students
Christina Henagen Peer, Lisa H. Woloszynek; Walter, Haverfield LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on May 2016
While Ohio has not addressed the issue yet, the nationwide trend of affording protections to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 continues. On April 19, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on a transgender high school boy's motion for a...

 


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