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|What School Leaders Need to Know About the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum|
Eric M. Roher; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
June 5, 2015, previously published on May 29, 2015On February 23, 2015, the Ministry of Education released the revised curriculum for Health and Physical Education for Grades 1 to 12. The purpose of the revised curriculum is to give students accurate information that will keep them safe and healthy. The Province is also providing parents with...
|Ontario Passes New Law On Asthma Inhalers in Schools|
Kate Dearden; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
June 5, 2015, previously published on May 29, 2015On May 5, 2015, Bill 20, Ryan’s Law, 2015 (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools),(“Ryan’s Law”) received Royal Asset and came into force. Ryan’s Law was introduced as a Private Member’s Bill on July 17, 2014 in response to the death of 12-year old student Ryan...
|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...
|Teacher Reinstated After Allegations Of Sexual Abuse|
Maddie Axelrod; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
June 4, 2015, previously published on May 29, 2015On December 19, 2014, Arbitrator Lorne Slotnick reinstated a York Region teacher who had been criminally charged with sexually assaulting a student. In Re York Region District School Board and ETFO (Ross) (2014), 121 CLAS 305, Arbitrator Slotnick considered the interaction between criminal and...
|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.
|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,...