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HTMLProvisions for Providing Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care Take Effect in December
Robert D. Haws, Shelby M. Lile, Jennifer N. MacLennan, Susan Plimpton Segal; Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 7, 2016, previously published on July 11, 2016
On December 10, 2016, provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) related to children in foster care will take effect. The Arizona Department of Education, child welfare agencies and local educational agencies are tasked with working together to ensure the educational stability of these...

 

HTMLEnsuring Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities
Robert D. Haws, Shelby M. Lile, Jennifer N. MacLennan, Susan Plimpton Segal; Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 7, 2016, previously published on July 20, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is actively addressing the issue of website accessibility for persons with disabilities in Arizona and nationally. OCR has authority to enforce Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

HTMLTexas: Supreme Court Concludes that the School Finance System is Constitutional
David D. Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2016, previously published on May 21, 2016
Last week, the Texas Supreme Court handed down another school funding decision in the case Morath, et al. v. The Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition, et al. The court noted that since the late 1980s, this was the seventh time it faced the state’s school financing system, which the...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Stalls Transgender Student Bathroom Mandate
Caroline J. Berdzik, Dove A. E. Burns, Christopher P. Maugans, Stacey L. Pitcher, Kristin Klein Wheaton; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 10, 2016
In April, the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Gloucester County School Board’s decision prohibiting a transgender male student from using the boy’s bathroom violated Title IX of the education code. Then, in June, a Virginia federal judge issued an injunction ordering the school board to...

 

HTMLFostering Financial Aid Literacy in Students: H.R. 3179
R. Neal Martin; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 16, 2016, previously published on August 5, 2016
This is the sixth and final installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016. While unlikely to be taken up by the Senate this year, the bills...

 

HTMLDo Not Hire: Illinois Supreme Court's Decision Regarding Mandatory Grievance Arbitration
Emily Perkins, Melissa Schoenbein; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision examined an Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board policy allowing a "Do Not Hire" designation to be placed in teachers' personnel files without notice and held that the Board was not compelled to arbitrate the grievances. Bd. of Educ. of the...

 

HTMLState Appellate Court Considers if School Board Violated Open Meetings Act
Melissa Schoenbein; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
The Fall 2015 edition of A Lesson Learned included a story about a school board accused of violating the Open Meetings Act when the Board voted to approve a superintendent's separation agreement.

 

HTMLP.E. Teacher Sued after Student is Injured during Floor Hockey Game
Monica Kim; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
Evan Barr filed a suit against his physical education teacher, Laurel Cunningham, and Township High School District 211 alleging willful and wanton misconduct for failing to provide protective eyewear during a floor hockey game.

 

HTMLHigh Court Finds UT Austin Race-Conscious Admissions Process Constitutional
F. Christopher Chrisbens, Thomas Dorer, Marla N. Presley, Mickey Silberman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 12, 2016, previously published on June 24, 2016
In a 4-3 decision on Thursday, June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s (UT) race-conscious admissions program. The decision addressed only UT’s specific admissions policy in effect when Ms. Fisher was denied admission in 2008, but for the third...

 

HTMLDear Colleague Letter Issued by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice
Robert D. Haws, Shelby M. Lile, Jennifer N. MacLennan, Susan Plimpton Segal; Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2016, previously published on June 22, 2016
On May 13, the U.S. Department of Education ("USDOE") and Department of Justice jointly issued a Dear Colleague letter addressing transgender students and Title IX compliance in schools. Along with the letter, they provided sample policies compiled by the USDOE and a question and answer...

 


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