Education Law Update: United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Launches Investigations Regarding Prohibitions of Indoor Masking in Schools

On August 30, 2021, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (the “OCR”) opened directed investigations in five (5) states to explore whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminates against students with disabilities who are at…

Education Law Update: Pennsylvania Senate Bill 664 allows special education students to receive continued service beyond the age of 21 and allows all students to repeat a grade level during the 2021-2022 school year

On June 24, 2021 the Pennsylvania House and Senate both passed Senate Bill 664, which will allow extended enrollment for special education students and allow students in the Commonwealth to repeat a grade level during the 2021-2022 school year. Senate…

Education Law Update: U.S. Department of Education confirms Title IX protects students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Notice of Interpretation on June 16, 2021 explaining that OCR will enforce Title IX to protect students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Discrimination on…

COVID-19 Planning Tool for Schools/Districts

Designed by Paul T. O’Neill – In consultation with many schools, Paul T. O’Neill has developed a rubric for programs to use in planning for the summer and coming school year despite the chaos and uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis….