The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled on the Stewart v. Lockland case (Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-3839), which is a positive decision for school districts. In its decision, the court upheld the lower court’s decision that Ohio’s Open Meetings Act did not require the district to hold a public pretermintaion hearing for Adam Stewart.
The Ohio Supreme Court issued an important opinion yesterday in a case stemming from ongoing litigation between 10 Cleveland community (charter) schools and their operator White Hat Management (“White Hat”). The case, Hope Academy Broadway Campus v. White Hat Mgt., LLC, centers around who owns the personal property that was purchased with public funds, but used by White Hat in the schools’ daily operations.
May a teacher who is a family member of the superintendent be employed by the school district?
Yes. Under Ohio Revised Code Section (RC) 3319.07, an individual that is designated by the board of education may nominate a teacher to be employed by the school district if the superintendent’s nomination of the individual would violate RC 2921.42. This is an exception to the law, which normally requires a nomination by the superintendent for a teacher to be employed by the district.
With the end of summer comes falling leaves, football, and OSBA’s legal hotline abuzz with enrollment questions throughout the state. One of those questions: our school district requests a student’s social security number (SSN) to enroll students. What do we do if the parent doesn’t provide one?
Under the Privacy Act of 1974, a school district may not prevent a student from enrollment for failure to provide their SSN or proof the student has an SSN.