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March 24 Webinar:  Updates on Title IX and School Expulsions
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Governor Lamont Orders Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations For Most School Employees and Contractors
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Federal Court Upholds Indiana University’s Mandatory Student Vaccination Policy
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OCR and DOJ Issue Clear Guidance that Denying Transgender Students Access to the Bathroom and Sports Team Corresponding to Their Identified Gender Violates Title IX
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A Costly Mistake: Waiting Too Long To Correct an Error in an IEP
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Does President Biden’s Executive Order on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination Overrule OCR’s Recent Guidance?
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OCR Doubles Down on Position that Title IX Equity Rules Do Not Protect Transgender Students
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New York Federal District Court Holds That Title IX Regulations Apply Retroactively
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OCR Makes Clear That COVID-19 Does Not Alter School Districts’ Obligations Under the New Title IX Regulations
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Join us for our July 10 Webinar: Returning to Class in the Fall: How Can Connecticut's Public Schools Adapt?
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Federal District Court Rules That Special Education Students Who Have Not Received a High School Diploma Continue to be Eligible to Receive Special Education Until Age 22
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To Sign or Not to Sign – The New Dilemma for Title IX Coordinators
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Part III in a Series: Is Your District Prepared to Implement the New Title IX Regulations at the Start of the 2020-2021 School Year? The Formal Complaint Process
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Part II in a Series: Is Your District Prepared to Implement the New Title IX Regulations at the Start of the 2020-2021 School Year? Initial Response to Allegations of Sexual Harassment
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Part I in a Series: Is Your District Prepared to Implement the New Title IX Regulations at the Start of the 2020-2021 School Year?
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U.S. Department of Education Clarifies That Video Recording Virtual Lessons and Making Them Available to Students Does Not Violate FERPA and Provides Other Advice on FERPA Compliance in the Age of Virtual Learning
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Dispelling the Myth: Yes Virginia, You Can Use Interactive Videoconferencing with Students as Part of Distance Learning
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OCR Issues Guidance on Nondiscrimination in the Age of Distance Learning
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How to Implement Distance Learning and Still Comply with Existing State and Federal Laws
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What If Your District Shuts Down and Cannot Meet the 180 School Day Minimum for Instruction?
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Has Your District Complied With the Mandatory Human Anti-Trafficking Training for Employees?
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HEALTH AND SAFETY EXCEPTION TO FERPA’S CONFIDENTIALITY REQUIREMENTS
NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED – MAKE SURE YOU ARE DOCUMENTING ALL THE SERVICES BEING PROVIDED TO YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
United States Department Of Education Issues Letter Guidance Regarding Private Evaluator’s Access To Classrooms For Student Observation
CALIFORNIA COURT RULES DISTRICT CANNOT PROHIBIT STUDENTS FROM KNEELING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SCHOOL SPORTING EVENTS
Does Providing A Parent With The Surveillance Video Of A School Incident And/Or Student Statements About The Incident That Involved Multiple Students Violate FERPA?
THE LATEST ON ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPELLED STUDENTS: THE GOOD, THE NOT SO GOOD, THE UNKNOWN, AND “FINAL” THOUGHTS.
A NEW YEAR AND NEW FINAL STANDARDS FOR EXPULSIONS AND ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
The United States Department of Education Issues Guidance on the Meaning of FAPE
STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROVIDES PROPOSED FINAL DRAFT OF GUIDELINES FOR EXPULSIONS AND ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION (Part 2)
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRAY ON THE 50 YARD LINE AFTER THE GAME – LESSONS FROM THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
When Can Schools Ban a Parent or a Third Party from School Property and School Events?
Make Sure Your Mandatory Reporting Policies And Trainings Are Up To Date
Violation of Stay-Put Provisions Under the IDEA Can Be Costly
Who is Considered A Parent For Purposes of Accessing School Records?
United States Supreme Court Defines Standard For Special Education: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1
A Kindergarten Student and Her Dog Named Wonder: What Rights Do Students Have To Service Animals In The Classroom?
A Cadillac, A Serviceable Chevrolet Or Something In Between: The Supreme Court Is Poised To Redefine The Standard Of Education That Must Be Provided To Special Education Students
OSEP Speaks Again: Ensure Your Evaluations Address All Areas of Potential Concern
Pullman & Comley's School Law Practice Hosts Fall Special Education Legal Issues Forum
Get Ready for the Changing Landscape of Expulsions

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