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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,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

HTMLHuman Rights Tribunal Dismisses Discrimination Claim Against School Board Relating To Language Proficiency Job Requirement
Maria Gergin; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
On October 7, 2015, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario released a significant decision on the issue of whether a school board's denial of a promotion to an existing employee on the basis that the employee did not meet a language proficiency requirement of the job constituted discrimination.

 

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...

 

HTMLWhat Parents of Teens and Tweens Should Know About Social Media
Michael A. Blnachard; Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2016, previously published by The Day on May 29, 2016
Social media has forever changed our society. Nowhere is this shift more prevalent than in the arena of parenting. The exponential growth of the internet generally, and social media specifically, has created relatively uncharted territory for parents of teens and “tweens.”

 

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...

 

Adobe PDFImpact of Massachusetts’ Omnibus Substance Abuse Legislation on Schools
Felicia S. Vasudevan; Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2016, previously published on March 2016
On March 14, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law House Bill, No. 4056, “An Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention” (“the Act”). Several sections of the Act, which directly impact public schools, are summarized below.

 

Adobe PDFEnsuring the Accessibility of School Districts’ Websites
Murphy Hesse Toomey Lehane LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2016, previously published on April 2016
The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is receiving hundreds of complaints across the country about the accessibility of public schools’ websites for individuals with disabilities. It is, accordingly, investigating school districts’...

 

HTMLMore Money, More Problems? - The Rise of Compensation and Expectations for College Coaches (Employment Matters)
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 23, 2016, previously published on March 28, 2016
This is the second installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that Employment Matters will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament.

 


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