Federal Title IX investigation polls students in St. Johns County schools on dress code
As part of a years-long probe into how the St. Johns County School District imposed its dress code policy, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights worked with the district to circulate a questionnaire to groups of students at five district schools.
ACLU sends letter to St. Johns County school district urging further changes in dress code policy
As the St. Johns County School District continues to grapple with a dress code policy that has been the source of controversy for months and is the subject of a federal investigation, the ACLU of Florida weighed in Friday, sending a letter to the district about the policy.
Attorney weighs in on investigation of discrimination complaint over St. Johns County school dress code
We’re looking into what will legally happen for the St. Johns County School District now that the U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into a complaint that the school district discriminated against female students through its enforcement of the dress code.
St. Johns school board asks education commissioner to lift negative consequences for state tests
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – In a letter sent to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, members of the St. Johns County School Board asked the state not to penalize the school district based on the results of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) tests. “We want to give the test because we want to understand where our children are performing. AdThe letter, which was also signed by Superintendent Tim Forson, cites the U.S. Department of Education which said assessment flexibility was needed due to the ongoing pandemic. “Man students and staff members have missed time at school due to the illness itself, or mandatory quarantine, and students struggled in online platforms for a variety of reasons,” the letter states. Standardized testing begins April 15 and continues through May 28 in Florida schools.
Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy
The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding for Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)HARTFORD, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. But the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights argues the policy violates the civil rights of girls who are not transgender under Title IX, the federal law that guarantees equal opportunities in education. The ACLU of Connecticut, which is representing the transgender athletes, said the Trump administration is trying to pressure schools into denying transgender athletes an opportunity to compete. “Transgender girls are girls, and the Office of the Attorney General will continue to protect every woman and girl in this state against discrimination.
FTC: Don't fall prey to a student loan debt relief scam
After the Federal Trade Commission recently got a restraining order against a financial group accused of making false promises about reducing student loan debt, the agency issued a reminder for ways to avoid student loan debt relief scams. To help consumers avoid falling victim to such fraud, the FTC has consumer education materials related to student loan debt relief scams at ftc.gov/StudentLoans. Only scammers promise fast loan forgiveness, and they often pretend to be affiliated with the government, the FTC said. For federal student loan repayment options, visit StudentAid.gov/repay. Here are some signs of a student loan debt relief scam, according to the FTC:Never pay an up-front fee.
How can parents of first-generation college students find balance
According to the Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal, there are three types of parents of first-generation students: hand-holders who make every decision for their child, the unavailable parent, which is the opposite and the happy medium who are the perfect balance. And while 56% of students whose parents have a bachelors degree graduate within five years, only 44% of first-generation students earn a degree. They come into the university and then crash their first quarter, common for a lot of first-generation students, said Margarita Azmitia, developmental psychologist at UC Santa Cruz. Some colleges offer bridge programs that can assist both students and parents with the college transition. Bridge programs help first-generation students become more comfortable with campus life and can make up for a lack of college preparation during high school.
Edward Waters College receives $1.2 million grant
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College in Jacksonville is among 97 historically black colleges and universities that are receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Education. While EWC will receive $1,297,176, Florida A&M University will receive $6.6 million, Bethune-Cookman University will receive $2.9 million and Albany State College was awarded $3.7 million. In addition, funds may be used for the purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment and the development of academic instruction in disciplines in which African-Americans are underrepresented. "HBCUs have made enduring, even staggering contributions to American life despite the steep financial challenges many have faced," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a release. "The grants will help these important institutions continue to provide their students with the quality education they need to compete in the global economy."