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|School Stabbing Report Makes 41 Recommendations to Improve School Safety|
Bethan Dinning; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
June 4, 2015, previously published on May 29, 2015On September 23, 2014, Toronto high school student Hamid Aminzada died after being stabbed at North Albion Collegiate Institute. Police said Hamid was stabbed while trying to intervene in a dispute between two students in the school’s hallway. After Hamid’s tragic death, the Toronto...
|Are You Ready for the New Student ID Requirements?|
Patrick L. McCune, Patricia B. McMurray; Adams and Reese LLP;
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 28, 2015Commencing June 1, 2015, Louisiana schools must adhere to several new restrictions and requirements regarding student identification and students’ personal information. This is the latest step in a process designed by the State in 2014 to protect students from identity theft. The new statutes...
|Title IX Coordinators: Review of New Guidance from the Department of Education|
Rebecca Lacher, Pedro A. Ramos; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
May 14, 2015, previously published on April 2015On April 24, 2015, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published a new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) and a letter directly to Title IX Coordinators, as well as a new 25-page Title IX Resource Guide. These reflect OCR’s focus on ensuring that Title IX Coordinators have the...
|The Growing Trend Toward Softening the Standard for Discharge of Student Loan Debt|
DelCotto Law Group PLLC;
May 12, 2015According to data compiled by the Federal Reserve, national student loan debt in the United States rose an astounding 275% from 2003 ($241 billion) to 2012 ($904 billion). This surge in student loan debt was no doubt spurred by the economic downturn, as people who lost jobs or could not find jobs...
|Handling Student Sexual Assault In K-12 Schools|
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 22, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015In March, U.S. News & World Report featured a lengthy story provocatively titled, “High Schools and Middle Schools Are Failing Victims of Sexual Assault.” In addition to documenting situations where schools allegedly mishandled allegations of sexual assault, the article cites...
|Focus on Colleges Obscures Country's Broader Problem|
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 16, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015Scott Schneider’s article “Focus on Colleges Obscures Country’s Broader Problem” was featured in Orlando Sentinel on April 10, 2015.
|Special Needs Trusts and Financial Aid: What Should Applicants Do?|
Leah Mitchell McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 2015Out of all of the stress-inducing steps in the college application process, the financial aid application may be the most confusing and stressful of all, especially when an applicant can't afford to attend college without aid. Although schools and lenders tout how easy it is to apply for financial...
|Supreme Court of Canada Agrees with Quebec Catholic School Regarding Religious Freedom|
Markus F. Kremer, Mark Phillips; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
April 14, 2015, previously published on March 26, 2015On March 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General). The case concerned an application by Loyola High School, a private Catholic school in Quebec (“Loyola”) for an exemption from the requirement to teach an Ethics,...
|The ABCs of Ohio’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday|
Steven A. Dimengo; Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC;
April 10, 2015, previously published on January 5, 2015Back-to-school shopping just got a little better for Ohio taxpayers due to the recent enactment of Senate Bill 243 which exempts the purchase of clothing and school supplies from Ohio sales / use tax for three days in August 2015. Ohio’s “sales tax holiday” will occur on August 7...
|School District’s Wrongful Withholding of Retention Results in Penalties and Attorney’s Fees|
Keith Smith; Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP;
April 9, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015California Court of Appeal, Second District Issues Ruling on School District’s Ability to Withhold Retention From General Contractor, General Contractor’s Compliance With Contractual Notice Provisions for Change Orders, and Whether Proposed Change Orders Can Form the Basis of a...