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College admissions scandal: “most of these kids don’t even have issues, but they’re getting time.”

For 20 years I’ve been writing about how the gaming of disability diagnoses in schools helps affluent families. And I was hardly alone: in 2004 Craig Lerner wrote a paper entitled: “‘Accommodations’ for the Learning Disabled: A Level Playing Field or Affirmative Action for Elites?” There hasn’t been much interest in fixing things. Now test accommodations have surfaced as one key theme in the big and colorful new college-admissions scandal. “Particularly glaring in the 204-page indictment is...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Fbi, Colleges and Universities, Disability & Schools, Craig Lerner, Michelle Robertson, Akira Olivia Kumamoto Sacramento Bee

Higher education roundup

Administrators at University of Southern Maine, a public institution, hastily yank course that offered credit for harassing Sen. Susan Collins on Kavanaugh nomination [Dennis Hoey, Portland Press Herald, USM press release] Some colleges would rally around an alumnus nominated to the high court, while others would maintain institutional neutrality. At Yale a large faction demanded a commitment to opposition [Peter Schuck, Minding the Campus; related Twitter thread (“2018: the year of weaponizin...
Tags: Law, Israel, Uncategorized, Maine, Yale, Ada, Law Schools, Kavanaugh, Sen Susan Collins, Eugene Volokh, University of Southern Maine, Orin Kerr, Political correctness, Colleges and Universities, Disability & Schools, Peter Schuck

Higher education roundup

New York Times tackles a story of lopsided Title IX process [Michael Powell, NYT on Keith Mumphery Michigan State case] Fderal court spanks Johnson & Wales in Rhode Island over kangaroo court [KC Johnson, Minding the Campus] U.S. Department of Justice “has filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit challenging the University of Michigan’s controversial speech code policies” [Nikita Vladimirov, Campus Reform] “Judges,” he told the crowd, “cannot be intimidated,” and “Lawsuits are won and lost ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, New York Times, Michigan, Title IX, Rhode Island, University Of Michigan, U S Department of Justice, Mark Perry, Michael Powell, Colleges and Universities, Disability & Schools, Johnson Wales, George Leef, Teresa Manning, Gail Heriot

Schools roundup

“Wyoming: Efforts to strip state courts of jurisdiction to hear K-12 funding lawsuits reintroduced; courts could declare funding system unconstitutional but could not order more funding” [Gavel To Gavel, more on school finance litigation] Coalition of accusers’-rights groups sue Education Department demanding restoration of earlier Obama versions Title IX guidance [KC Johnson Twitter thread pointing out weaknesses in suit] “A High School Student Faces Expulsion for Noticing the Square Root Sy...
Tags: Japan, Maryland, Law, Obama, Uncategorized, Wyoming, Schools, Title IX, Southern California, Montgomery County Maryland, Scott Shackford, Disability & Schools, Adam Pagnucco, Ashly McGlone San Diego Union Tribune, Japan Maryland

Florida shooter had been chronic disciplinary problem. “Could school system have done more?”

Amid horrendous misbehavior attributed to his emotional and behavioral disabilities, the future shooter was shuttled among various Broward County schools, including an episode being “mainstreamed” at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, scene of his later atrocity. Under the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which has been intensively litigated over the years, “school districts are required to provide kids with physical, emotional or intellectual disabilities a free education in the ‘least restrictive’ s...
Tags: Florida, Safety, Law, Uncategorized, Broward County, Broward, Disability & Schools, School Discipline, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Carol Marbin Miller, Kyra Gurney Miami Herald, Tim Craig Emma Brown Sarah Larimer, Moriah Balingit Washington Post

From the comments: better safe than sued

Sunday’s ADA-and-the-web post prompted some useful reader discussion. Commenter Jim Collins told this story: A while back I went to community college. I was recovering from an injury and in a vocational rehabilitation program. Part of the program was working for the college. We had a grant for computer workstations. At that time there was a shortage of computers at the college. We had a large room assigned to us and we were to cram in as many workstations as we could. When I submitted my layout...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Ada, Jim Collins, Colleges and Universities, Disability & Schools, Disabled Rights

“The Pyrrhic Victory For The Disabled”

As noted in posts here and at Cato, the University of California, Berkeley is considering taking down free online course content rather than expose itself to liability and litigation over its possible lack of accessibility for some disabled users. One irony: even if the welfare of disabled persons is treated as the only important outcome, the application of the ADA is probably going to do harm, because online alternatives to classroom instruction are particularly valuable to disabled persons, no...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Ada, Scott Greenfield, Colleges and Universities, Alex Tabarrok, Disability & Schools, Web Accessibility

Berkeley, facing accessibility demands, may take down free online course content

Advancing a trend we’ve been warning about, the University of California, Berkeley, said it may have to take down educational course content posted free online for the benefit of the public due to an ongoing conflict with the U.S. Department of Justice over whether it is obliged to accompany the content with expensive captioning and other technological assists to make it more accessible to disabled visitors. I’ve got a write-up at Cato. More: Robby Soave, Reason; Andrej Karpathy Twitter thread a...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, University Of California Berkeley, Berkeley, U S Department of Justice, Discrimination Law, Colleges and Universities, Disability & Schools, Andrej Karpathy, Web Accessibility

Schools roundup

How litigation-averse Western universities’ human-subjects-research protocols ignored cultural sensitivities and set back the study of native languages in Bhutan and the Himalayas [Zachary Schrag, IRB Blog] Judge to feds: not so fast on regulating school bathrooms [Jonathan Adler; Scott Shackford/Reason] California Supreme Court won’t hear Vergara constitutional challenge to teacher tenure law [Daniel Fisher, earlier] “Roommate drama lands Penn State sorority sisters in federal court” [Jer...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Transgender, Schools, Bhutan, Philadelphia Daily News, Penn State, Jonathan Adler, Tulsa World, Vergara, Daniel Fisher, Lenore Skenazy, Colleges and Universities, Disability & Schools, Jeremy Roebuck, Web Accessibility

“Family of NYC autistic teen found dead to get $2.7M”

14-year-old Avonte Oquendo left his school in Queens without permission and was later found dead. “A law passed after his death required schools to install audible door alarms.” [Associated Press] Tags: disability & schools, NYC, schools “Family of NYC autistic teen found dead to get $2.7M” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
Tags: Law, NYC, Uncategorized, Queens, Schools, Associated Press, Avonte Oquendo, Disability & Schools

Schools roundup

Fear of regulators drives many campuses to restrict speech [Greg Lukianoff of FIRE interviewed by Caleb Brown, Cato podcast] New UCLA Title IX policy requires faculty to inform on “possible” sex harassment, and Prof. Bainbridge objects; Tributes to my much admired colleague, the late Cato Institute education scholar Andrew Coulson [Neal McCluskey and Jason Bedrick, Adam Schaeffer, Nick Gillespie/Reason] “Total Law School Enrollment at Lowest Point Since 1977; 1L Class Size Lowest Since 1973...
Tags: Uncategorized, New Jersey, Title IX, Rhode Island, Law Schools, Cato Institute, U S Department of Education, Bainbridge, Derek Muller, Lenore Skenazy, Jonathan Haidt, Colleges and Universities, Greg Lukianoff, Disability & Schools, Caleb Brown Cato, Andrew Coulson