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PA Supreme Court Protects Student Privacy in Landmark RTKL Decision

June 19th, 2020

The District denied the request in reliance on Right To Know (RTK) provisions that exempt from disclosure records related to personnel matters and records the disclosure of which is prohibited by any other law and that would result in a loss of funding. 

How New Title IX Regulations Will Impact All K-12 Schools

June 19th, 2020

Contrary to the former Dear Colleague Letters issued by OCR, which were considered to be “significant guidance” only, the new regulations will carry the force of law.  According to the Rule, schools must comply with the new rule by August 14, 2020, less than two months from now.  All personnel must also be trained, and signage must publish the new policies and procedures.

ACLU Fires First Volley Against Betsy DeVos and Dept of Ed over New Title IX Rules

June 19th, 2020

These new rules, ACLU contends, will make it easier for colleges and universities to ignore allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The new rules to which ACLU specifically objects start with the definition of sexual harassment to which an institution must respond.

Department of Education Issues New Title IX Regulations, Finally

May 20th, 2020

Contrary to the former Dear Colleague Letters issued by OCR, which were considered by the Office for Management and Budget to be “significant guidance,” the new rules will carry the force of law.

Act 13 and Act 15 Bolster Flexibility for Pennsylvania Schools

April 30th, 2020

Together, these Acts have bolstered the flexibility required for schools to continue services, where possible, and maintain operations.

Applying IDEA and Section 504 in the Time of COVID

April 22nd, 2020

Services to be provided to students identified as eligible under the IDEA and Section 504 continue to be applicable during the time that schools are closed.

Districts Are Reminded to Take Precautions Regarding Privacy During Era of Virtual Participation and Communication

April 15th, 2020

Staff and students should be reminded that recording any live school-related communication is prohibited. Further, expectations regarding limits for third party involvement in a group discussion must be clear.

IDEA Procedural and Timeline Relief Recommended

April 15th, 2020

On March 31, 2020, state and local special education administration organizations recommended temporary relief for certain IDEA provisions due to the school closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ensuring Government Transparency Under Right to Know During COVID-19

April 8th, 2020

Here is a summary of legal obligations under RIght To Know during this time.

Who Invited That Guy? Tips for Effective Virtual Board Meetings

April 6th, 2020

Here are a few tips to try and limit the opportunity for disruption while preserving the public’s right to attend and participate in school board meetings.