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Blog Title: Education

English Teacher’s Blog Post Ruled As Unprotected Speech

A Pennsylvania District Court dismissed teacher Natalie Munroe’s violation of free speech claim against the Central Bucks School District. Ms. Munroe accused the School District and some administrators for violating her free speech when she was fired after her blog posts about her students went public. ​In 2011, Ms. Munroe posted about her students on her blog. Without mentioning any by name, Ms. Munroe referred […]

Title IX Compliance Seminar

In the past few months, we have reported on how sixty-eight higher education institutions throughout the nation have made it onto the U.S. Department of Education’s public list of colleges and universities that are currently under investigation for allegedly mishandling complaints of sexual assault and sexual harassment in violation of Title IX. Their names have […]

U.S Senate Proposes New Bill Aimed at Curbing Campus Sexual Assault

Last week, a bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators unveiled legislation aimed at decreasing the number of sexual assaults occurring on college and university campuses across the nation. The proposed legislation, titled the “Campus Accountability and Safety Act,” seeks to codify much of the recent White House guidance and comes just weeks after a Senate […]

UPDATE: UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit for $1.3 Million

We recently reported that five former and current students filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Connecticut (“UConn”) alleging discrimination and that the university failed to properly investigate claims of rape and sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX, a federal law that protects students from sexual discrimination in any education program that receives […]

Fifth Circuit Upholds the Use of Race in Admissions at the University of Texas

For a second time, the Fifth Circuit dismissed Abigail Fisher’s claim against the University of Texas at Austin (the “University”), holding that the University’s admissions policy, including the use of race as a factor, passes the strict scrutiny standard and is permissible under the Equal Protection Clause. The case has been in various courts since […]

Christian College Expels Student After Learning of Her Same-sex Marriage

“The honeymoon phase is over” has a whole new meaning for former Southwestern Christian University student, Christian Minard. Ms. Minard married her same-sex partner in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 2014. Although she was not expecting a congratulatory card from her Christian College, she was surprised to return from her honeymoon to a letter of […]

Federal Judge Upholds New York City Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students from Attending School During Periods of Disease Outbreak

On June 04, 2014, Judge William F. Kuntz II of the Eastern District of New York upheld a controversial New York City policy that prohibits unvaccinated children from attending school when a classmate becomes infected with a vaccine-preventable disease, such as the chicken pox or measles. New York State requires all children be vaccinated prior […]

Second Circuit Rules New York City’s Prohibition of Religious Services in School Facilities Constitutional

Recently, in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York[1], the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Second Circuit”), in a 2-1 decision, reversed the lower court’s decision and ruled that the New York City Board of Education’s policy, which prohibits community groups from organizing and holding […]

Bullying: Slowly But Surely, the Law Recognizes an Age-Old Problem

How far is too far when it comes to protecting your child from an alleged school bully?  A mother in Santa Rosa, California may very well have pushed the limits of good parenting in attempts to protect her daughter earlier this month.  30-year-old Delia Garcia-Bratcher is due to be charged with one felony charge of […]

Recent Cyberbullying Tragedy Raises The Question: Who Should Be Held Accountable?

Nineteen year old, Alyssa Funke committed suicide on April 16, 2014 after being berated by cyber bullies over her choice to partake in a pornographic film. This is the latest tragedy to raise legal questions about how to combat cyberbullying. Although investigations continue in Washington County, Minnesota, police say the brutal harassment Alyssa Funke endured […]