Overview

Jonathan Tarnow applies over two decades of experience in education law to advise clients on a wide range of matters involving the U.S. Department of Education, accrediting bodies, state educational agencies, and other governmental and nongovernmental regulators. Jonathan counsels schools, colleges, universities, publicly traded and privately held education companies, charter school management organizations, private investors, financial institutions, education technology companies and third-party vendors of educational support services, and other organizations involved in the education industry. Jonathan is a frequent speaker and author on education law, as well as privacy and data security laws applicable to educational institutions and services.

Education Regulatory Compliance

Jonathan assists clients to navigate the complex and evolving legal and regulatory landscape that governs the provision of educational programs and services, including Title IV federal student financial aid program requirements; campus crime, safety and sexual assault regulations under the Clery Act and Title IX; rules for federal educational benefits to veterans and active military personnel; state educational licensing and authorization requirements; distance education regulations; and compliance with accrediting standards. He regularly represents clients in regulatory compliance reviews and audits, including administrative agency appeals. Jonathan also has served as a negotiator representing postsecondary institutions in U.S. Department of Education negotiated rulemaking processes.

 

Education Industry Transactions and Agreements

Jonathan helps clients successfully complete sophisticated transactions and negotiate complex agreements in the education sector. These matters include purchases and sales of educational institutions or their assets, conversions of private institutions from proprietary to nonprofit status, credit facilities to support acquisitions or ongoing operations, institutional mergers, joint venture agreements, charter school management agreements, and contracts between educational institutions and third-party service providers of highly regulated activities including admissions, marketing, financial aid, curriculum and faculty development, and educational program delivery.

 

Privacy and Data Security

Jonathan advises educational institutions and third-party service providers on privacy and security laws applicable to educational institutions and services, particularly requirements under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Related Industries

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Education

George Washington University Law School
J.D. (1996)

George Washington University
B.A. (1993)

Insights & Events

Latest
Speaking Engagement Recap October 05, 2022

Proceed with Caution! Important Changes to Regulations on Changes in Ownership and Financial Responsibility - San Diego, CA

CAPPS 38th Annual Conference
1 min read  
最新 September 2022

New Guidance from U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Title IV Limitations on Written Arrangements for Program Offerings

7 min read  
最新 August 2022

Proposed Rule From U.S. Department of Education Affects Changes of Ownership and Control, 90/10 Rule and Other Title IV Institutional Eligibility Matters

13 min read  
最新 August 2022

U.S. Department of Education Proposes Revised Regulations on Borrower Defense and Other Student Loan Discharge Matters

12 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap June 28, 2022

Managing Ever-Changing Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Requirements

National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Annual Conference
1 min read  
最新 February 2022

FTC Updates to “Safeguards Rule” Has Impacts for Higher Education Institutions

8 min read  
最新 August 2021

New U.S. Department of Education Regulations on Distance Education and Other Title IV Program Matters Effective July 1, 2021

22 min read  
Recorded Webinar August 04, 2020 CLE

How Higher Ed Can Prepare for the U.S. Department of Education’s Cybersecurity Audit Requirements and Enforcement

2 min read  
News October 2019

Jonathan Tarnow and Katherine Armstrong Co-Author Private Postsecondary Schools and Data Privacy – It Is So Much More Than FERPA

1 min read  
News September 11, 2017

Secretary DeVos Announces Intent to Revise Title IX Guidance and Enforcement Policies

2 min read  
Insights
最新 September 2022

New Guidance from U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Title IV Limitations on Written Arrangements for Program Offerings

7 min read  
最新 August 2022

Proposed Rule From U.S. Department of Education Affects Changes of Ownership and Control, 90/10 Rule and Other Title IV Institutional Eligibility Matters

13 min read  
最新 August 2022

U.S. Department of Education Proposes Revised Regulations on Borrower Defense and Other Student Loan Discharge Matters

12 min read  
最新 February 2022

FTC Updates to “Safeguards Rule” Has Impacts for Higher Education Institutions

8 min read  
最新 August 2021

New U.S. Department of Education Regulations on Distance Education and Other Title IV Program Matters Effective July 1, 2021

22 min read  
最新 January 2021

Over $21 Billion in Emergency Grant Aid Available to Higher Education Institutions and Students through HEERF II Funding Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

9 min read  
最新 December 2020

U.S. Department of Education Extends and Clarifies COVID-Related Waivers for Accrediting Agencies

5 min read  
Publication October 2020

Reminder to Higher Education Institutions of October 30 Deadline for CARES Act HEERF Institutional Fund Reports

3 min read  
最新 August 2020

Revised Higher Education Reporting Requirements for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

3 min read  
最新 August 2020

Regulatory Agency and Selected Accreditor Resources for Higher Education Institutions Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic

9 min read  
Other Perspectives

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Civic Activities

  • George Washington University Alumni Association — Board of Directors, 2007-15
  • George Washington University — Board of Trustees, 1997-2000
  • District of Columbia Bar, Section on Administrative Law and Agency Practice — Steering Committee (Co-Chair, 2005-06; Member, 2003-06); Education Law and Policy Committee (Chair, 1999-2002)
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