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|New Government Releases Relating to Institutional Responsibilities for Campus Safety and Security|
Joseph W. Cornelison; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014The U.S. Department of Education recently released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) providing some additional guidance regarding institutions’ responsibilities to implement changes to the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). Also, Sen. Claire McCaskill...
|New York's Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 Changes the Governance of Private Colleges, Universities and Schools|
Pamela A. Madeiros, Stephen A. Mendelsohn, Laura S. Norman; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014Effective July 1, 2014, New York’s Non-Profit Revitalization Act, (the Act) fundamentally changes the governance of non-profit private colleges, universities and schools and other charitable organizations. New York, which labored under cumbersome and antiquated regulatory statutes, has...
|Who Got It Right?|
Lisa Karen Atkins; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014Gallaudet University Chief Diversity Officer Angela McCaskill’s job was to promote a diverse and inclusive university community. Not only was she the institution’s first chief diversity officer, she was the first black, deaf woman to earn a Ph.D. from Gallaudet, which was founded to...
|Supreme Court Decisions Impact Higher Education|
Ben Irwin; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014In recent weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court issued several key decisions that have - or may have in the future - implications for institutions of higher education. These rulings focused on the protection of digital information on cellphones, the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, the...
|Helping Reduce the Financial Burdens of K-12 Education: Iowa Tuition and Textbook Tax Credit|
Eric Fischer; Nyemaster Goode P.C.;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014The Iowa Tuition and Textbook Tax Credit is an income tax credit for eligible education expenses incurred for dependent K-12 students. Dependent children must have attended a school in Iowa that is accredited and is not operated for profit. The tax credit is an easy way for Iowans to reduce their...
|Chiropractic School Must Provide Blind Student a "Sighted Assistant" to Interpret X-Rays|
Ryan W. Leemkuil; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014Aaron Cannon has been blind since birth. He enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2004, despite warnings from a school representative that Cannon’s blindness would make it difficult, if not impossible, for him to meet the Palmer’s technical standards, which require...
|APPR Common Core Legislation|
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014Given the recent outcry with regard to the Common Core rollout, the New York State Legislature recently adopted a bill temporarily altering how scores on Common-Core aligned State assessments will be factored into calculating teacher and principal Annual Professional Performance Review ratings....
|P-12 Office of Special Education Develops Resources for Common Core|
Hancock Estabrook LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 2014To better understand Common Core Learning Standards and how a disabled child’s individualized education program (IEP) should include recommendations to support a disabled child’s progress towards those standards, the P-12 Office of Special Education has prepared a memorandum titled...
|Protection of Personally Identifiable Information|
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 25, 2014The 2014-2015 New York State Budget was passed on March 31, 2014. The Budget includes, among other things, legislation creating Education Law Section 2-d which protects the privacy of personally identifiable information and creates a parents bill of rights regarding the privacy and security of...
|California Department of Water Resources Releases Draft 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines|
Sophie A. Akins, Kelsey R. Blegen; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 28, 2014The California Department of Water Resources has released a draft of its 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package. The Water-Energy Grant Program funds residential, commercial and institutional water-efficiency projects that reduce water and energy use and...