A federal magistrate judge issued a recommendation on Tuesday to deny a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs challenging a suburban Illinois school district's locker room policy for transgender students.
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students encounter hostile school environments and face "harsh and exclusionary disciplinary policies" that may effectively push them out of school and possibly into the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
"Findings from this report demonstrate that, for many LGBTQ students, schools are hostile environments that effectively function to push students out of school, depriving them of the opportunity to learn," the report reads. "When LGBTQ students feel less safe, less comfortable, and less welcome in schools, they are less likely to attend and more likely to drop out.
The U.S. Department of Education announced a loan forgiveness program for students who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges Inc., the now-defunct, for-profit college chain that operated Everest and WyoTech campuses.
The debate over charters schools is heating up in Illinois. Advocates on both sides of the issue are speaking out about a five-year, $42 million federal grant Illinois won in September to support the creation of new public charter schools.
The for-profit education company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will pay $95.5 million, including $1.9 million to the state of Illinois, to settle litigation over allegations that the company used deceptive recruitment and enrollment practices.