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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...


Adobe PDFIEP Facilitation Pilot Program
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 29, 2015, previously published on October 22, 2015
The New York State Education Department has announced that, effective immediately, it is initiating a three year "Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation Pilot Program" in school districts on Long Island and in New York City schools in Queens and the Bronx.l The ram allows...


Adobe PDFFlorida Supreme Court Denies School District Immunity Under the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act for Failure to Use or Attempt to Use an Available Automatic Defibrillato
J. David Marsey; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015, previously published on September 2015
The Florida Supreme Court recently held that the Lee County School Board was not immune from civil liability under the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act1 when it failed to deploy an available automated external defibrillator (“AED”) to assist a fifteen year old student athlete that collapsed...


HTMLTitle IX, Schools and Transgender Students
Robert D. Haws, Shelby M. Lile, Jennifer N. MacLennan, Susan Plimpton Segal; Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently issued a decision in the emerging area of Title IX requirements with respect to transgender students. The plaintiff, a transgender high school student, filed suit under Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause, alleging...


HTMLCrime at Florida Colleges and Universities
Marc Hardesty; Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2015, previously published on October 21, 2015
In general, crime on college campuses tends to be lower than the outside world, but it’s still a problem that causes legislators and university administrators to carefully consider what might be done. Since college campuses are perceived to be relatively safe, students can be lulled into a...


HTMLCourt Holds School District Abided by OMA When it Approved Employee's Separation Agreement
Melissa Schoenbein; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on Fall 2015
In a recent decision, the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial Circuit for Sangamon County in Springfield, Illinois held in Bd. of Educ. of Springfield Sch. Dist. 186 v. Attorney Gen. of Illinois & Molly Beck, that a school district that voted to approve a superintendent's Separation...


Adobe PDFReminder: New Six Week Time Limit To Complete Required Online Mandated Reporter Training
Wendy L. Tucker; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 19, 2015, previously published on September 2015
Education Code section 44691, amended effective January 1, 2015, imposes new requirements on charter schools to provide training for their employees and others acting on their behalf who are mandated reporters. Schools must also develop a process for these employees to provide proof that they have...


HTMLVideo Surveillance in Schools: Balancing Safety and Privacy
Bethan Dinning; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 13, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015
School boards everywhere are faced with the difficult task of balancing the safety of students, staff, volunteers and community members on school property with respect for privacy and personal information. Recent decisions from Ontario emphasize the need for school boards to develop policies and...


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