Tag: United States Department of Education

President-Elect Trump Names DeVos as Nominee for Secretary of Education

Monday, November 28, 2016

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has recently published a “Legal Clips” post discussing how The Washington Post has recently reported that Donald Trump, president-elect, has named Bety DeVos as his nominee for Secretary of Education. Read More

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance On Civil Rights of Students with ADHD under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)

Friday, July 29, 2016

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a written guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Read More

The United States Department of Education Settles Complaints Related to Website Accessibility for the Disabled

Friday, July 1, 2016

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has published a “Legal Clips” post discussing how the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently announced that it has settled complaints over issues related to websites that are not accessible to people with certain disabilities. Read More

Transgender Student Access to Public School Bathrooms Still a Prominent Issue

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New York Daily News reporter Sarah Goodyear recently published an article titled “Seat of Unrest”, which investigates the latest and emerging battle over gender identity which is being waged in public school district bathrooms across the country. Read More

Illinois School Refusing to Allow Transgender Access to School Locker Room – Risks Losing Federal Funding

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has recently published a “Legal Clips” post discussing how the PS HS District is defying a U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) order under Title IX to allow a female transgender access to a girls’ locker room. This refusal could mean the loss of $6 million in federal funding. Read More

New Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

Friday, May 29, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued updated model Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices and medical certification forms for employers. These updated forms are available for immediate use and expire on May 31, 2018. Read More

OCR Issues Guidance on Equal Access to Educational Resources

Friday, October 10, 2014

On October 1, the U.S. Department of Education announced new guidance from its Office for Civil Rights. Read More

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to Local Health Officials

Monday, October 6, 2014

Over the last several weeks, various media outlets have included coverage of the rise in reported cases of the Enterovirus D68, as well as the Ebola outbreak. During that time, the US Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) has received inquiries regarding the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records to local health officials. Read More

New York State Department of Education Posts a Report on IDEA Rules Not Required by Federal Regulations

Monday, May 12, 2014

Each state is required to identify any rule, regulation or policy that is not required by IDEA and federal regulations. The State Education Department has prepared a list of New York State laws and regulations that apply to the education of students with disabilities which differs from federal requirements, which can be found at the Office of Special Education page of SED’s website. Read More

U.S. Department of Education and Justice Release Guidance on School Discipline

Thursday, January 9, 2014

On January 8, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released a “Dear Colleague Letter” that explains schools’ obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Read More