Kent Talbert established his practice to help educational institutions, agencies, and companies meet their challenges and achieve their goals at reasonable costs.  He has more than 25 years’ experience serving in key positions at the U.S. Department of Education, on the staff of U.S. House and Senate education committees, on the staff of a U.S. Senator, and in the private sector.  Mr. Talbert brings in-depth knowledge to a wide range of legal and policy issues critically important to state university systems, private colleges and universities, community colleges, for-profit schools, state educational agencies, charter school organizations, accrediting agencies, professional and trade associations, and education-focused companies.

Mr. Talbert has authored articles discussing state authorization, incentive compensation, and misrepresentation regulations under the Higher Education Act, college and university Title IX sexual misconduct resolution agreements reached with the Office for Civil Rights, and student privacy regulations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as written about Common Core standards, assessments and curriculum-related matters.

He has testified before Congress, served as an expert witness in litigation, participated on discussion panels sponsored by think tanks, education reform groups, and higher education associations, and been quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher EdEducation Week, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times.

Understanding the implications of legislation, the burdens of regulatory overreach, and recent developments in courts and administrative agencies are all critical to performing successfully as an educational institution, agency, or company.  The firm provides in-depth resourcing to education clients–analyzing proposed legislation and regulations, responding to federal program reviews and investigations, answering compliance-related questions, and drafting policies and procedures.

Mr. Talbert’s legal and policy experience includes the following subject matter areas:

  • Accreditation
  • Accountability and Testing
  • Administrative Law
  • Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, and Diversity
  • Amicus curiae appellate briefs
  • Audits of Legal Needs and Expenses
  • Campus Emergency Response Plans and Alerts
  • Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights
  • Charter Schools
  • Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities
  • Congressional Relations and Testimony
  • Department of Education Relations
  • Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965/No Child Left Behind Act
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Compliance
  • Federal Grants Management
  • Federal Education Legislation Advocacy and Monitoring
  • Federal Education Rulemaking Advocacy and Monitoring
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Government Audits, Investigations, Inspections, and Compliance Reviews
  • Higher Education Act of 1965/Higher Education Opportunity Act
  • Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act
  • Legislation
  • Liability Prevention Training
  • Magnet Schools Assistance Program
  • National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity
  • Negotiated Rulemaking
  • Race to the Top
  • Regulations and Sub-regulatory Guidance
  • Responses to Rehabilitation Act and Americans With Disabilities Act investigations by the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
  • Responses to Title IX sexual harassment and sexual misconduct investigations by the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
  • Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
  • Title VI Compliance, Investigations, and Case Reviews
  • Title IX Compliance, Investigations, and Case Reviews
  • Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013