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|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,...
|Special Needs Trusts and Financial Aid: What Should Applicants Do?|
Leah Mitchell McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 2015Out of all of the stress-inducing steps in the college application process, the financial aid application may be the most confusing and stressful of all, especially when an applicant can't afford to attend college without aid. Although schools and lenders tout how easy it is to apply for financial...
|School District’s Wrongful Withholding of Retention Results in Penalties and Attorney’s Fees|
Keith Smith; Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP;
April 9, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015California Court of Appeal, Second District Issues Ruling on School District’s Ability to Withhold Retention From General Contractor, General Contractor’s Compliance With Contractual Notice Provisions for Change Orders, and Whether Proposed Change Orders Can Form the Basis of a...
|Illinois Schools Face Tough Decisions in Combating Cyber-bullying|
Jonathan E. Meer, Melissa K. Ventrone; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 9, 2015Illinois, like most states, has a law that addresses school districts’ responsibilities for addressing bullying in schools. With the growing presence of cyber-bullying, as of January 1, 2015, Illinois modified section 27-23.7 of the School Code, Bullying Prevention, to include specific...
|Law Professors Raise Concerns With Title IX Procedures|
Anne E. Selinger; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on February 24, 2015Do certain Title IX procedures abridge the due process rights of the accused for the sake of Title IX compliance? The University of Pennsylvania Law School has become the second law school in recent months to provoke a public response from law professors arguing the University’s new...
|Court Rules School District Should Have Done More to Accommodate Teacher Battling Cancer|
William/ E. Weiner; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on February 3, 2015In December 2014, the California Court of Appeal (“Court”) found that Morongo Unified School District’s (“School District”) failure to reassign a disabled teacher to her preferred position raised a triable issue of fact. Swanson v. Morongo Unified School Dist. (Cal....