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Maine Court Rules That Transgender Student has Right to Use Bathroom Facilities of Her Choice

Maine’s highest court has ruled that a school district discriminated against a transgender student when it barred her from using the girls’ restroom, in response to community pressure, after school officials had previously allowed her to use it. The Maine … Read more

State Department of Education Provides Guidance on Prior Written Notice Timelines for IEPs

The Connecticut State Department of Education (“CSDOE”) has issued guidance to public school districts regarding the new Prior Written Notice (“PWN”) provisions contained in the recently revised special education regulations which went into effect on July 1, 2013. Under Section … Read more

U.S. Department of Ed Issues Guidance for Providing Equal Access to Extracurricular Athletics to Students with Disabilities

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued guidance, in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter, underscoring the importance of providing students with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in extracurricular athletics pursuant to Section … Read more

The Second Circuit Upholds a $1 Million Jury Award to a Student Who Was Repeatedly Harassed by Fellow Students

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits public school systems that receive federal funding from intentionally discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. A school district can be liable for intentional discrimination when it … 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

Emerging Issue: Service Dogs in Schools

On July 22, 2010, the Department of Justice issued regulations effective March 15, 2011 implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), which applies to public entities, including schools. Pursuant to the new regulations, public entities must modify … Read more

Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Requiring School District to Readmit Student

A federal district court judge has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring school officials to readmit a student who had been suspended for wearing a nose stud that she says is part of her religion. The student is a … Read more