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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...

 

HTMLEmail Exchanges Between School Board Members May Violate Ohio's Sunshine Law
Miriam Pearlmutter; Walter;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on May 2016
In Tuesday's much-anticipated decision, the Ohio Supreme Court held that an email exchange between a majority of board members may qualify as a meeting under Ohio's Open Meeting Act. The plaintiff, a board member who conducted an independent inquiry into allegedly improper athletic expenditures,...

 

HTMLU.S. Departments of Education and Justice Weigh In on the Legal Developments Regarding Transgender Students
Christina Henagen Peer, Lisa H. Woloszynek; Walter, Haverfield LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 21, 2016, previously published on May 2016
On May 13, 2016, the United States Department of Education ("DOE") and the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") issued guidance to educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance regarding the rights of transgender students under Title IX. This guidance...

 

HTMLOntario’s Community Hubs Initiatives Encourage Delivery Of Community-Enhancing Services
Brennan M. Carroll; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
Declining public school enrollment has created an expensive surplus of space which school boards must sell or otherwise find uses for. The Ministry of Education, school boards, municipalities and others have begun exploring initiatives to reduce barriers and encourage the creation of...

 

HTMLObama Administration Issues Directive on Transgender Access to School Restrooms
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 13, 2016
A joint letter, commonly referred to as the “Dear Colleague” letter, from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice was sent to schools today, Friday, May 13, 2016, with guidelines for every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms...

 

HTMLMore All-Gender Washrooms Coming To Toronto Schools
Stephanie Young; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
In February 2016, the Toronto District School Board reported that it intends to open all-gender washrooms in all public schools across the city, as a way of creating a more inclusive school environment for its students. There are already approximately 50 schools in the Toronto District School Board...

 

HTMLOntario Introduces New Second Hand Smoking Legislation Targeting Marijuana
Anastasia Maria Hountalas; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
The year 2016 marked the ten year anniversary of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, legislation which ensures that Ontarians are protected from the ill health effects of second hand tobacco smoke. The legislation's success has been remarkable. The smoking rate in Ontario fell from 24.5 per cent in 2000 to...

 

HTMLSick Days Are Costly For Ontario School Boards
Josh Zelikovitz; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
Recent studies indicate that Ontario teachers are taking an increased number of sick days. A 2016 report from School Boards' Co-operative Inc. ("SBCI"), a not-for-profit that provides Ontario school boards with actuarial advice, found that teacher and education worker absenteeism has...

 

HTMLOntario Court Rules Putting Students First Act Unconstitutional
Markus F. Kremer; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
On April 20, 2016, Ontario Superior Court Justice Lederer rendered a decision that was both momentous and unusual.

 


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