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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College Admissions Bribery Scandal Has Important Lessons for Families and Colleges Alike

Categories: Higher Education.

Scandals grab headlines, and they create good fodder for conversations and social media discussions. However, there are important lessons to be learned for both families and colleges from the college admissions bribery scandal, and we all need to pay attention. On March 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that 50 people had been arrested throughout the country and charged with federal crimes in connection with cheating on the ACT and SAT college entrance exams and in connection with the college admission of students who were misrepresented to be athletic recruits. The prosecutions are being pursued against college coaches,
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President Trump calls on Congress to “Pass School Choice for America’s Children,” and the Nation Seems Ready for Congress to Do So

Categories: K-12.

At his second the State of the Union address, President Trump called on the Congress to enact legislation that will support efforts in the states and at the local level to provide educational options to families for their children: “To help support working parents, the time has come to pass school choice for America’s children.” Polls indicate that Americans do believe that the time has come. “School choice” is the commonly-used term to describe the array of state and local government measures that provide families with alternatives to the traditional, public-school system. It encompasses public school options, such as charter
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New Financial Aid Disclosure Template Will Make College Costs and the Options for Affording Those Costs Clearer to Prospective and Current Students

Categories: Higher Education and Student Loans.

On January 16, 2019, the Education Department announced that it is introducing a new template for colleges and universities to use to disclose financial aid information to prospective and current students. The College Financing Plan, which was previously named the Financial Shopping Sheet, is intended to be more user friendly to both institutions and students. The nation’s student loan debt has skyrocketed to nearly $1.5 trillion, and some borrowers may have benefited from a clearer explanation of the costs and options for affording those costs. The College Financing Plan attempts to set forth in a clearer format the various components
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