A business approach to education and education finance law: Preparing schools and private education lenders for tomorrow
Our Education team has advised clients on some of the most pressing, novel, and complex matters facing educators and education finance companies today. Clients rely on our industry-leading knowledge of:
- Alternative schools
- Charter schools
- Charter school management organizations
- Civil rights and LGBTQ+ rights in education
- Constitutional issues and court challenges
- Early childhood education
- Education finance licensing
- Education funding and loan financing programs
- Higher education
- Innovative private education loan programs
- Private and parochial schools
- Sex discrimination, harassment, and bullying
- Virtual schools and online learning
McGlinchey attorneys also represent companies in all segments of the private education lending industry and advise them on how to develop, expand, and defend traditional and cutting-edge financing programs. Our extensive experience with federal and state law supports national lenders and loan program administrators as they prepare and implement documentation and compliance systems for private student loan programs.
Private student loan programs that we support include those designed for students attending conventional institutions of higher education as well as proprietary schools.
We work hand-in-hand with our private student loan clients to develop their:
- Loan programs
- Marketing materials
- Credit applications
- Promissory notes and retail installment contracts
- Other required documentation to comply with state and federal law
We bring a rigorous business approach to the work we do for educational institutions and private education lenders, advising on a full range of:
- Compliance and governance
- Corporate transactions and M&A
- Cybersecurity and cyberbullying
- Data privacy
- Employment and human resources
- Intellectual property
- Union issues and collective bargaining
- White collar issues, including admissions irregularities
Contact the McGlinchey Education team for more on these pressing issues.
Unionization of charter schools. Teachers in at least five charter schools in New Orleans have demanded votes to unionize – with different outcomes – since the schools were created after Hurricane Katrina. Similar developments in other states could move more schools to unionized workforces – with new compliance burdens for school district administrators. Schools should engage in union awareness analyses – with a review of relevant labor and employment law – to determine what path is best suited for the school and all of its stakeholders.
Data privacy and student records. Cyber threats have pushed corporations to secure cybersecurity insurance – to mitigate their exposure in the event of a data breach. Schools face similar exposure and need to address it with the right insurance coverage.
Premises security and crisis preparation. Schools need to have in place not only policies regarding weapons, but plans to address reputation management, media, community, and parent communications before, during, and after any event, plus other issues in the event of a security breach.