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Adobe PDFDESE Makes Use of Electronic Restraint Reporting Form Optional
Tami Fay; Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 22, 2016, previously published on January 2016
In November, 2015, this office issued an Education Client Alert concerning a new, electronic Restraint Reporting Form posted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (“DESE”). On January 5, 2016, the Department updated it guidance and determined that public education...

 

HTMLA HS Student's Arrest Leads to Close Examination of School Resource Officer Roles & Responsibilities
Wade Blumenshine; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
January 22, 2016, previously published on Winter 2016
After a video of a school resource officer (SRO) arresting a student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina went viral, public attention focused on the presence of SROs in schools throughout the country.

 

HTMLIndiana Supreme Court Issues Ruling Addressing Procedures for Termination of Administrator’s Contract
W. James Hamilton, Jonathan L. Mayes, Charles R. Rubright, Ahmed S. Young; Bose McKinney & Evans LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 18, 2016, previously published on December 17, 2015
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a closely watched case, Jeffrey Hewitt v. Westfield Washington School Corporation, et al., --- N.E.3d --- (Ind. Dec. 15, 2015), that addressed what procedures schools must follow to terminate an administrator’s contract. While the Supreme Court ruled that...

 

Adobe PDFEmergency Regents Rules Regarding Teacher and Principal APPR Transition Ratings
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 5, 2016, previously published on December 18, 2015
On December 10, 2015, the New York Common Core Task Force formed by Governor Cuomo issued its report, which included, among other things, the recommendation to thoroughly review Common Core standards and implement new higher learning standards. It further recommended that, until new standards are...

 

HTMLUniversity Revises Transfer Policies in Effort to Combat Campus Sex Assault
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 30, 2015, previously published on December 17, 2015
One Title IX issue that has received considerable attention over the past several months is how colleges and universities should assess the student conduct records of students interested in transferring onto campus. Putting a finer point on it: should a finding that a student engaged in sexual...

 

HTMLSettlement Agreements with Students Are Protected Student Records But Must Be Disclosed in Redacted Form Under Public Records Law, Says Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015
What is the responsibility of a public educational institution when it receives a public records request for material that it believes it must keep private under state and federal student records laws?

 

HTMLPreparing for a New World of Collective Action by Student-Athletes
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2015
With stunning speed, the balance of power between collegiate athletes and the institutions they play for has changed. Recent events at the University of Missouri may feel like a tectonic shift but the preceding tremors had been evident for some time. In this new normal of student-athlete...

 

HTMLSchool District Faces Government Sanctions under Title IX for Denying Transgender Female Student Access to Locker Rooms
Gregg E. Clifton, Michelle E. Phillips, Bethany Swaton Wagner; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2015
An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school’s girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil...

 

HTMLProposed New Optional Practical Training (OPT) Rules
Sujata Ajmera, Lucrecia M. Davis, Minnie Fu, Raazia K. Hall, Sean G. Hanagan; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2015, previously published on November 9, 2015
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed amending its regulations on the optional practical training (“OPT”) program to allow international F-1 students with U.S. degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (“STEM”) — attained from...

 

HTMLThree Things You Need To Know: School Ordered To Allow Girls' Locker Room Access To Transgender Student
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 9, 2015, previously published on November 3, 2015
Should anatomically male transgender high school students who identify as female be allowed to use female locker rooms? In what has been described as a “momentous” decision, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights concluded that a school’s refusal to allow a transgender...

 


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