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New Rules: OCR Issues Internal Memorandum Impacting Enforcement Practices for Pending and Future Investigations

Earlier this month, the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary issued an internal memorandum to Regional Directors eliminating certain existing internal procedures and detailing new practices regarding the investigation of OCR complaints.  With the … Read more

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Release Dear Colleague Letters Jointly Announcing New SECURe Rubrics for School Resource Officer Programs

On September 8, 2016, the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) jointly released new guidance regarding school resource officer programs.  The new Safe School-based Enforcement through Collaboration, … Read more

State Department of Education Releases Report on School Districts’ Use of Restraint and Seclusion

The Connecticut Department of Education (CDE) recently released a report on the use of restraint and seclusion by Connecticut public schools in the 2012-13 school year. According to the report, there were 33,742 separate incidents of restraint and seclusion of … Read more

Attorneys Jessica Ritter and Jessica Stein to Give Live Audio Seminar on “Social Networking and Electronic Communications: Issues for Public Schools”

On November 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., Attorneys Jessica Ritter and jsoufer will examine teacher and student use of social media and social networking, and the intersection of individual rights with the school’s authority to regulate the school environment. During … Read more

Massachusetts’ Ruling Suggests Students May Sue Over Bullying if School Officials’ Conduct “Shocks the Conscience”

A recent ruling from a Superior Court judge in Massachusetts suggests that parents may have a cause of action against public school officials for their failure to protect students against bullying. The case involved a middle school student who alleged … Read more

Article Explores Intersection of Dress Codes and Students’ Gender Identity

A recent article in the New York Times explores the difficulty schools and school districts have had drafting and applying dress code policies in light of students’ gender identities. This is an issue that has been increasingly difficult for schools … Read more