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Department of Education Releases New Title IX Regulations  

June 30th, 2022

On June 23, 2022, fifty years to the day after President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Dr. Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s Secretary of Education, announced the much-anticipated 2022 Title IX Regulations, the fulfillment of Biden’s March 8, 2020 Executive Order guaranteeing an educational environment free from sex discrimination for all students. 

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Win to Football Coach in Prayer Case  

June 30th, 2022

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District that a Washington state public school district cannot prohibit a high school football coach from praying at the 50-yard line after a game.

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill to Bar Transgender Athletes from Girls’ Sports 

June 21st, 2022

IOn June 6, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 1191, which would bar athletes who were male at birth from playing in girls’ sports programs. In a 30-20 vote primarily split along party lines, Republican proponents talked about safety and unfair competition issues, while those opposed framed the bill as an attack against transgender children.

Commonwealth Court Shields Disclosure of Right to Know Requests for Personal Contact Information

June 20th, 2022

On May 26, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that personal contact information contained in requests submitted under the Right-to-Know Law may be exempted from disclosure. 

School Safety Requirements in Pennsylvania

June 8th, 2022

In the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, school officials are once again hyperfocused on school safety. In Pennsylvania, Act 44 of 2018, enacted following the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida, established several school safety programs, notably the Safe2Say Something Program and mandatory safety training for school staff. 

Will Changes to the 2020 Title IX Regulations Be Postponed?

May 10th, 2022

While educational institutions are holding their collective breath, anticipating the Department of Education (DOE) releasing its promised Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) detailing amendments to the existing 2020 Title IX Regulations, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals may have thrown a proverbial “wrench” into that release.

Charter Rule Changes Would Imposes Stricter Standards in Pennsylvania

March 29th, 2022

Last Monday, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission passed rules proposed by Governor Wolf which would impose stricter regulatory standards upon Pennsylvania Charter Schools.

Do the Title IX Regulations Apply Retroactively?

March 24th, 2022

Well, the Preamble to the Final Rule says “no;” the 2020 Title IX Regulations are not retroactive for sexual harassment that occurred before the August 14, 2020 effective date of those Regulations.

Middle District Case Reminds Us Strip Searches Must Be Reserved for Most Serious Circumstances

February 24th, 2022

Closer to home, a strip search lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania resulted in vindication of school officials’ decision to strip search a male high school student accused of stealing a classmate’s money.

Court Keeps Mask Mandate in Place to Protect Medically Fragile Students

February 8th, 2022

On February 7, 2022, a federal judge ruled that Perkiomen Valley School District must continue to enforce their mandatory masking policy, holding that to end the mandate would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by putting immunocompromised students at risk.