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HTMLHow to Respond to FOIA Requests For Overall Teacher Summative Ratings?
Mark J. Sommaruga; Pullman & Comley, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014
It has come to our attention that certain school districts in Connecticut have already received requests under the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] for access to overall district and school level summative ratings of all teachers evaluated by the districts in the 2013-14 school year....

 

HTMLAll Pain, No Gain? U.S. Department of Education Releases Final Gainful Employment Rules
Mark R. Falkowski; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education announced its long-awaited final gainful employment rule, which will take effect July 1, 2015. In making this announcement, the Department estimated 1,400 programs currently serving 840,000 college students would not pass the Department’s new standards, which...

 

HTMLEbola on Campus: Questions to Ask for Required Emergency Response Planning
Anne D. Cartwright; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014
Colleges and universities are required to develop and publish emergency response and evacuation procedures. Is Ebola the sort of “emergency” legislators and regulators had in mind and, if so, how do you plan for it?

 

HTMLWhat Every College and University Board Member Should Know About Their Business Officers
Stephen M. Gross; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
Consider this: colleges and universities are confronting declining enrollments and escalating costs while national student debt is staggering and many are questioning whether college is worth it. Are college and university board members appropriately engaged in this potential industry crisis? They...

 

HTMLThe 8th Circuit Opens the Door to Partial Discharge of Student Loans and Upends the Totality of Circumstances Test
Monette Cope; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 3, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
Most student loans are nondischargeable in bankruptcy unless a student can show that repayment of the loans will cause the student an "undue hardship". Undue hardship is not defined in the statute, so courts have developed criteria to determine whether an undue hardship exists. Most...

 

HTMLFPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
The Fair Political Practices Commission has initiated a proactive approach to auditing and investigating gift reporting failures by government officials, focused on local government entities (most prevalently school districts). This project has resulted in scores of officials being fined and...

 

HTMLCollege and University ‘Financial Services’ and the U.S. Consumer Watchdog
Anne D. Cartwright, Meghan A. Kloth; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014
The reach of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the nation’s top consumer watchdog, extends beyond well-publicized lawsuits claiming deceptive practices by a handful of for-profit schools. Recent actions by the CFPB, along with Congress and state legislatures, are highlighting the role...

 

HTMLManaging Social Media-Issues Consistent With The Law
Sally F. Barron; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
In this age of electronic communication, social media has added another dimension to the array of issues schools must address in order to maintain the integrity of the learning environment while also preserving the rights of students and employees. The courts are faced with numerous lawsuits...

 

HTMLSurprising Reinstatement Decision of the Human Rights Tribunal Upheld
Geoffrey Breen; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 10, 2014
You may recall that last year, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) raised the eyebrows of employers when it ordered that a terminated employee be reinstated to her position with full seniority almost a decade after she had left the workplace. In Fair v. Hamilton-Wentworth...

 

HTMLThe New "Bad Reality" of the Old Asbestos
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014
We all live with asbestos every day. Luckily, for most of us, the deadly fibers of the ubiquitous mineral are usually encapsulated within some material. Unluckily for a growing number of us, that material is aging.

 


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