Education

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  • Colleges Need Affirmative Action--But It Can Be Expanded By Eboni Nelson August 22, 2017 Race-neutral affirmative action can help identify first-generation students like Blanca Diaz and LaQuintah Garrett. AP Photo/Amy Anthony Eboni Nelson, University of South Carolina In 2003, Justice Antonin Scalia predicted that the Supreme Court's…
  • American Political Science Association Launches Ombuds Program August 22, 2017 The professional association of political science students and scholars in the U.S. has appointed two Ombuds for a two-year pilot program. As the inaugural Ombuds, APSA has named Carol Mershon, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and…
  • UC-Davis Ombuds Office Grows Its Team August 21, 2017 The University of California Davis continues its seach for two full time Ombuds positions. In addition to these two openings, the Ombuds Office is excited to announce that Lauren Bloom has joined on a part-time basis as an Associate Ombudsperson.…
  • Weekly Question! August 21, 2017 How will courts and hearing officers interpret Endrew F? #FAPE ------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Sometimes My Job Is Pretty Cool #WhereIsJG? August 20, 2017 ------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Charlottesville, White Supremacy and Kids With Disabilities #Enough Already August 18, 2017 Earlier this year we ran a post asking whether special education was in trouble? Perhaps this week it would be better to ask- Is America in trouble?White supremacists and nazis marched on Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. They carried lit…
  • American Bar Association Discounts Membership for Ombuds August 18, 2017 The American Bar Association is offering a discounted membership to all Ombuds in North American who are already members of the International Ombudsman Association, U.S. Ombudsman Association, Coalition of Federal Ombuds, Forum of Canadian Ombudsman,…
  • Cal Caucus Posts Details of 2017 Conference August 17, 2017 The California Caucus of College and University Ombuds has announced the agenda for its 44nd annual meeting at Asilomar in Pacific Grove. Taking place on November 12-15, 2017, the event attracts Ombuds from beyond California and the higher education…
  • Job Posting: Brandeis University August 16, 2017 The private university near Boston, MA is hiring a part-time Ombuds Officer (17-18 hours per week) for a two-year contract. The Ombuds program at Brandeis was launched in 2015 in response to student protests about diversity on campus. Currently, two…
  • State Supreme Court Holds that Private School had Duty to Warn and Protect Students Against Risk of Serious Insect-Borne Disease When Organizing Trip Abroad August 16, 2017 On August 11, 2017, the State of Connecticut Supreme Court delivered its decision in Munn v. Hotchkiss School, SC 19525 (Conn. 2017), holding that the state's public policy does not preclude imposing a duty on a school to warn about or protect…
  • How a Southern City Achieved Our Nation's Greatest School Integration Success and Then Struggled to Save It August 16, 2017 Pamela Grundy's new book, Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality, offers a detailed and personal look into our nation's most significant integration triumph and its subsequent disintegration.…
  • American Society of Mammalogists Has Two Ombuds August 15, 2017 The century-old association of professional scientists created its Office of the Ombudsperson in 2011. The program was established, "to hear and to respond appropriately to complaints of unprofessional behavior by any member of the ASM at its…
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn Appoints Faculty Ombuds August 15, 2017 Kim Killu has been named the next Faculty Ombudsperson for the UM regional campus in Dearborn. Killu is a professor of Special Education and takes on the Ombuds role as a volunteer. Her appointment will run through the Summer of 2020. In addition to…
  • Appealing A Bad OCR Decision On Alleged School Discrimination August 14, 2017 By Michelle Ball, California Education Attorney for Students since 1995Have you filed a complaint alleging discrimination or improper retaliation with the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and their Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and…
  • American Bar Association Passes Resolution in Support of Ombuds August 14, 2017 At its Annual Meeting in New York City today, the American Bar Association House of Delegates passed a resolution that: "Encourages greater use and development of ombuds programs that comply with generally recognized standards of practice as an…
  • Missouri School Censors Gay Students and Then Apologizes, But Is It Still Missing the Point? August 14, 2017 Local news reports that a Missouri high school censored the yearbook comments of two openly gay students. The yearbook allows seniors to write a quote or statement under their picture, which becomes part of the published yearbook. One student wrote,…
  • Weekly Question! August 14, 2017 How will courts and hearing officers interpret Endrew F? #FAPE ------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Special Education FAQ for Parents August 11, 2017 There are two times during the year that I get the most calls from parents of special needs students: (1) when IEPs are being developed in the spring, and (2) at the beginning of each school year when parents become concerned about whether their…
  • Job Posting: State of Virginia August 11, 2017 Virginia's Department of Human Resource Management, Office of Equal Employment and Dispute Resolution is hiring a Workplace Conflict Specialist. As part of the Workplace Conflict Consultation and Mediation Program, the position provides early…
  • Court Stops School From Disclosing Name Of Student Accused Of Sexual Assault August 11, 2017 A federal judge in Cincinnati has issued a temporary restraining order blocking Miami University from disclosing the name of a student accused of sexual assault in a Title IX investigation. Miami University believed that it was required to disclose…