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Adobe PDFAPPR Common Core Legislation
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
Given the recent outcry with regard to the Common Core rollout, the New York State Legislature recently adopted a bill temporarily altering how scores on Common-Core aligned State assessments will be factored into calculating teacher and principal Annual Professional Performance Review ratings....


HTMLCalifornia Department of Water Resources Releases Draft 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines
Sophie A. Akins, Kelsey R. Blegen; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 28, 2014
The California Department of Water Resources has released a draft of its 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package. The Water-Energy Grant Program funds residential, commercial and institutional water-efficiency projects that reduce water and energy use and...


Adobe PDFProtection of Personally Identifiable Information
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 25, 2014
The 2014-2015 New York State Budget was passed on March 31, 2014. The Budget includes, among other things, legislation creating Education Law Section 2-d which protects the privacy of personally identifiable information and creates a parents bill of rights regarding the privacy and security of...


HTMLNew Florida Statute Requires Schools To Provide Information About Sex Offenders
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 16, 2014
Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature enacted a requirement for nonpublic colleges, universities and schools. Effective July 1, 2014, all such institutions are required to inform employees and students at orientation and on the school’s website of the existence of the Florida Department...


HTMLStudent Loan Bill Dies in Senate
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 13, 2014
A Democratic-authored plan to let Americans refinance their existing student loan debt failed to advance in the Senate on Wednesday. In the end, the bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) went down 56 to 38, not meeting the 60-vote threshold needed to advance to a final vote. Three...


HTMLOntario’s IPC Rules that there is No Right of Access to Certain Records of School Board Trustees Under the MFIPPA
Priscilla Platt; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014
In Order MO-3031, regarding the York Region District School Board, the IPC ruled that certain records of School Board Trustees were not in the custody or under the control of the School Board and therefore were not governed by access to information provisions of MFIPPA.


HTMLDepartment of Education Answers 52 Questions on Title IX and Sexual Violence for Colleges and Universities
Joseph W. Cornelison, Hayley E. Hanson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014
On April 29, 2014, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “significant guidance document” to assist institutions of higher education in meeting compliance obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination...


HTMLObama Administration Releases Names of Colleges and Universities Facing Sexual Assault Investigations
Stuart D. Tochner; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 6, 2014, previously published on May 2, 2014
On May 1, the U.S. Department of Education released the names of 55 colleges and universities being investigated for their handling of sexual assault complaints.


HTMLNo Good Comes From Asking Medical-Related Questions During Interviews
Jonathan T. Hyman; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014
Sjöstrand v. The Ohio St. Univ. (6th Cir. 4/28/14) is an ADA case, but not an employment case. It involves a graduate school applicant claiming that OSU denied her admission because of her Crohn’s disease. In support of her claim, Sjöstrand pointed to her admission interview, during...


HTMLHigh School Students Exposed to Deadly Asbestos Fibers
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014
Two men convicted of exposing high school students to asbestos were sentenced to 24 and 27 months in federal prison. The men were executives of the now-defunct nonprofit Firm Build. The men used the high school students to remove the cancer-causing substance from a renovation project, an action the...


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