Tag Archives: Education

School sues parents, lawyer for fees in special ed case (access required)


In a rare move, a Virginia public school system is suing a student’s parents and the parents’ attorney for an award of attorneys’ fees under the federal special education law. The Roanoke County School Board contends the parents filed a ...

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4th Cir.: Student’s attitude outweighed school’s IDEA violation (access required)

High school staff failed to timely respond to parents’ requests for disability testing, but an administrative fact finder reasonably concluded that the student’s poor scholastic record was caused by his frequent absences and disdain for teachers, not the violation. Background ...

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Va. Cir.: GMU Foundation not a public body subject to VFOIA (access required)

The George Mason University Foundation Inc. is an independent corporate entity whose records are not subject to freedom-of-information requirements, even if the records relate to funds used to support the University, itself a public body. Nonetheless, the University’s Gift Acceptance ...

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CAV: Teacher’s altercation with student was defensive, not a “threat” (access required)

A special education teacher who ended up in a brief physical altercation with a chronically disrespectful student was acting defensively only, which did not support a finding of child abuse or neglect. Background This case concerns an altercation between Appellee ...

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WDVA: Diversity-based school staffing claims survive dismissal (access required)

A white high school principal can proceed with discrimination claims against the school board, which allegedly demoted her after the superintendent implied that school staff should “look like” the student body. Background Plaintiff Angela Weinerth is a white female over ...

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EDVA: Title IX prohibits transgender discrimination (access required)

Gavin Grimm, who attended a Virginia public high school and was prohibited from using the boys’ bathroom because he was identified as female at birth, sufficiently alleged discrimination claims against the school under both Title IX and the Equal Protection ...

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EDVA: All claims fail in sex-abuse fallout litigation (access required)

After reports of sexual misconduct appeared in the Washington Post, a private school sued its former executive director for allegedly sharing sensitive documents with the paper, and she counterclaimed based on the circumstances of her resignation. No reasonable jury could ...

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Under pressure: Appalachian School of Law faces ABA accreditation decision (access required)

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Southwest Virginia’s Appalachian School of Law has been directed by an accreditation panel to address questions about how it selects students capable of earning a degree and passing the bar. A critical hearing is set for June. Credentials of ASL’s current and ...

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EDVA: Accused student alleges viable gender-discrimination claim (access required)

A former Marymount University student, who the University found guilty of sexually assaulting another student, stated a valid “erroneous-outcome” claim against the University for its adjudication of the accusation, which he said was marred by procedural defects designed to discriminate ...

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EDVA: Accreditor’s own interest didn’t bias decision (access required)

An accreditation agency’s decision to withdraw the plaintiff’s accreditation as a cosmetology school was not unduly tainted by the fact that one of the commissioners was the executive and part-owner of a similar institution in a nearby city. Background This ...

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