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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...


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
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...


HTMLEmail Exchanges Between School Board Members May Violate Ohio's Sunshine Law
Miriam Pearlmutter; Walter;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on May 2016
In Tuesday's much-anticipated decision, the Ohio Supreme Court held that an email exchange between a majority of board members may qualify as a meeting under Ohio's Open Meeting Act. The plaintiff, a board member who conducted an independent inquiry into allegedly improper athletic expenditures,...


HTMLLegal Developments Regarding Transgender Students
Christina Henagen Peer, Lisa H. Woloszynek; Walter, Haverfield LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2016, previously published on May 2016
While Ohio has not addressed the issue yet, the nationwide trend of affording protections to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 continues. On April 19, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on a transgender high school boy's motion for a...


HTMLU.S. Departments of Education and Justice Weigh In on the Legal Developments Regarding Transgender Students
Christina Henagen Peer, Lisa H. Woloszynek; Walter, Haverfield LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 21, 2016, previously published on May 2016
On May 13, 2016, the United States Department of Education ("DOE") and the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") issued guidance to educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance regarding the rights of transgender students under Title IX. This guidance...


HTMLOntario’s Community Hubs Initiatives Encourage Delivery Of Community-Enhancing Services
Brennan M. Carroll; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
Declining public school enrollment has created an expensive surplus of space which school boards must sell or otherwise find uses for. The Ministry of Education, school boards, municipalities and others have begun exploring initiatives to reduce barriers and encourage the creation of...


HTMLObama Administration Issues Directive on Transgender Access to School Restrooms
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 13, 2016
A joint letter, commonly referred to as the “Dear Colleague” letter, from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice was sent to schools today, Friday, May 13, 2016, with guidelines for every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms...


Adobe PDFImpact of Massachusetts’ Omnibus Substance Abuse Legislation on Schools
Felicia S. Vasudevan; Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2016, previously published on March 2016
On March 14, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law House Bill, No. 4056, “An Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention” (“the Act”). Several sections of the Act, which directly impact public schools, are summarized below.


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