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|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...
|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...
|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...
|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....
|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...
|New Florida Statute Requires Schools To Provide Information About Sex Offenders|
Fisher Phillips LLP;
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 16, 2014Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature enacted a requirement for nonpublic colleges, universities and schools. Effective July 1, 2014, all such institutions are required to inform employees and students at orientation and on the school’s website of the existence of the Florida Department...
|Student Loan Bill Dies in Senate|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 13, 2014A Democratic-authored plan to let Americans refinance their existing student loan debt failed to advance in the Senate on Wednesday. In the end, the bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) went down 56 to 38, not meeting the 60-vote threshold needed to advance to a final vote. Three...
|Ontario’s IPC Rules that there is No Right of Access to Certain Records of School Board Trustees Under the MFIPPA|
Priscilla Platt; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 15, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014In Order MO-3031, regarding the York Region District School Board, the IPC ruled that certain records of School Board Trustees were not in the custody or under the control of the School Board and therefore were not governed by access to information provisions of MFIPPA.