Education Department Discharges Approximately $150 Million in Student Loans, Helping About 15,000 Borrowers Who Attended Colleges and Universities that Closed

Categories: Student Loans.

On December 13, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it was automatically discharging the student loans of approximately 15,000 borrowers who attended a college or university that closed between November 1, 2013 and December 4, 2018. The approximate amount of loans that will be automatically discharged is $150 million, of which approximately $80 million is attributable to loans taken out by borrowers who attended schools operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. The Department’s seemingly friendly action was actually prompted by a decision from a federal court in Washington, DC that forced the Department to act. The court invalidated the
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New CMS Security Protocols Must be Minimally Intrusive and Avoid Racial Profiling

Categories: K-12.

When Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students return to area high schools on January 3, they will be greeted by new security protocols.  CMS parents and guardians should not only hope that their children are safer now than they were before, they should also expect CMS to implement the new protocols in an effective and minimally intrusive manner that also does not employ racial profiling. In the wake of the shooting of a student that occurred at Butler High School in Matthews on October 29, CMS reviewed its safety protections and, on November 16, announced new measures that include random wanding of students
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New Sexual Harassment Regulations to be Issued by the Education Department will Impact Thousands of School Districts, Colleges, and Universities

Categories: Higher Education and K-12.

The public has until January 28 to submit comments on proposed regulations that were issued by the U.S. Department of Education in November concerning sexual harassment.  Once finalized, the regulations will provide new requirements under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 that impact the way in which school districts, colleges, and universities respond to allegations of sexual harassment. Title IX, which most people know as a law that contributed to the growth of athletic opportunities for girls and women, is more far-reaching than that.  It prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, in all education
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