Borrower Defenses to Repayment: How Colleges Can Avoid a Claim

Categories: Higher Education and Student Loans.

On August 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) released the third version of its Borrower Defenses to Repayment (BDTR) regulation, which is a regulation that, among other things, provides a mechanism for federal student loan borrowers to assert that the college should be required to repay their student loans on account of the school’s fraudulent acts or omissions. The version of BDTR that applies to a borrower’s situation depends upon when the loan in question was first disbursed: 1. For loans first disbursed prior to July 1, 2017, the version of BDTR that applies is the regulation
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Jonathan Vogel Discusses the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education’s Refusal to Explain the Forced Resignation of Former Superintendent Wilcox

Categories: K-12.

On July 25, 2019, Jonathan Vogel appeared on Fox 46 Charlotte’s “Good Day Charlotte” morning news program. Vogel asserted on Fox 46 Charlotte that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board has the legal authority, and should direct acting superintendent Earnest Winston, to release the reasons for the resignation of CMS superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox.
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Families of Children with Speech Sound Disorders Should Insist on the Earlier Introduction of Most Speech Sounds and Assert Their Rights at Due Process Hearings

Categories: K-12.

A study published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology on speech sound acquisition is shaking up the speech-language establishment and providing ammunition for public-school families of children with speech sound disorders (SSDs). The study aggregated data from 60 articles describing 64 studies in 27 languages involving 26,007 children from 31 countries. It concluded that children across the world acquire most speech sounds at a younger age than many families and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) realize. By their fifth birthday, children produce at least 93% of consonants correctly. That is obviously important information for families and SLPs. And it is welcomed
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Educational Institutions Have Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Compliance Obligations

Categories: Higher Education, K-12, and Student Loans.

On April 3, 2019, Jonathan Vogel attended a program at McGuireWoods LLP on the federal government’s newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Cybersecurity and infrastructure security are issues that impact many areas of the public and private sectors, including schools, colleges, and universities. Aside from complying with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) — which protects the privacy of student education records at all schools, colleges, and universities that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education – educational institutions should be mindful that
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