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Jennifer M. Deutch

New Transition Laws Extend Services for Special Education Students

By , , , News, The Extra Mile Newsletter

On July 28, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 40 into law as Public Act 102-0172 and House Bill 2748 into law as Public Act 102-0173. The two bills, both effective immediately, extend transition services for eligible students based on when they turned 22 years old. Previously, transition services for eligible students went through age 21, ending the day before the student’s 22nd birthday, regardless of when that date fell during the school year.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Student in First Amendment Off-Campus Speech Case

By , , , Aimee LeBlanc, Events, Jen Deutch, Jessica Nguyen, Kaitlin Atlas, Michelle Todd, News

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in a landmark off-campus student speech case in favor of the student. The Court held that the student’s First Amendment rights were violated when she was removed from the cheerleading team due to inappropriate social media posts regarding the school. This ruling provides clarity to school districts in whether and to what extent off-campus speech may be regulated.

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U.S. Department of Education’s Notice of Interpretation: Title IX Prohibits Discrimination in Schools on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

By , , Jen Deutch, Jessica Nguyen, Kaitlin Atlas, Michelle Todd

On June 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued its Notice of Interpretation enforcing Title IX’s protection of students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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School’s Actions Not Deliberately Indifferent in Response to Student’s Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sexual Discrimination Claims

By , News, The Extra Mile Newsletter

The Seventh Circuit upheld a Wisconsin district court’s dismissal of a middle school student’s claims of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination, finding that the school’s response to the claims did not rise to the level of deliberate indifference as defined by the August 2020 Title IX regulations.

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