Homeless students may attend school in the school of origin or the new school of residence. The school of origin is defined as the district in which the student attended prior to becoming homeless. The school of residence is defined as the district where the homeless student has temporary shelter. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires the districts to make a best interest determination of where a homeless student should attend school.
Recently, the Ohio Attorney General’s office (OAG) was asked to provide clarification regarding a district’s tuition obligation for adult students who “support themselves by their own labor.” Since this phrase is not currently defined by law, the OAG was asked for an opinion on its meaning. But before we delve too far into the opinion, some additional background information may be in order.
Recently, OSBA made an inquiry to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to determine whether the costs for criminal background checks on school employees, conducted by the appointing or hiring officer of a board of education, would increase beginning July 1, 2014. The answer is no.
Issues may arise that require a board of education to call a special board meeting. A special meeting refers to any meeting that is not a regular meeting. If the meeting was not set at the board’s organizational meeting in January, it is considered a special meeting. The board president, treasurer or any two board members may call the meeting (RC 3313.16).
Earlier this spring, the parents of an elementary school student sued a New York school district after the student broke his nose during a game of dodgeball in gym class. The injured student wasn’t hit by a ball, but by a panicked classmate who ran around the gym aimlessly until his head crashed into the other student’s face. The injured student’s parents filed a lawsuit against the district, claiming that there were “too many people and too many balls” and found fault that there was no “safe zone” or place for students who didn’t want to play.