Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 5/20/2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has announced several efforts to support students with mental health challenges.

On Monday, May 23, USDOE is hosting a half-day virtual summit on supporting the needs of students with mental health needs and students with disabilities as they emerge from the pandemic.  The summit, “Recovering to Thriving: Supporting Mental Health and Students…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 5/13/2022

As we approach the end of the 2021-22 school year, there are myriad deadlines that require district officials or employees to act. As a reminder, OSBA’s legal division compiles a list of many of the

Posted by John R. Price on 5/6/2022

On April 1, 2022, the Ohio Court of Appeals for the First District, which covers Hamilton County, issued a ruling in the case of State ex rel. Mohr v. Colerain Twp., invalidating a land use plan created by a township subcommittee that operated in violation of the Open Meetings Act (OMA). The decision serves as a reminder…

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 5/2/2022

Last Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, which asks whether it is constitutional for school employees to pray on school grounds, at a school event, with students and other members of the school community present.

The landmark case on school prayer, Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962), concluded that the First Amendment…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 4/22/2022

The Ohio Electronic Records Committee (OhioERC) recently pushed out a new online training series for state and local governmental officials and employees. The training provides information and best practices on managing email as a public record and includes four training modules:

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Posted by John R. Price on 4/15/2022

Spring is field trip season for many school districts. Whether it’s the annual overnight pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., or a day trip closer to home, it’s important to make sure you are thinking about the unique needs of students with disabilities who will be participating in those trips.

Section 504 of the…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 4/8/2022

On Tuesday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) announced that its member schools will have the opportunity to vote on a number of amendments to OHSAA’s constitution and bylaws that govern the organization and high school athletics. Included among the changes is a name, image and likeness (NIL) measure similar to those that affect Ohio’s college athletes.…

Posted by John R. Price on 4/1/2022

On March 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance on web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), emphasizing its position that school districts and other governmental entities should…

Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 3/25/2022

The Supreme Court of the United States recently provided a decision in a First Amendment retaliation claim.  In the case, the board of trustees of the Houston Community College (HCC) censured David Wilson, one of its board members, and barred him from holding officer positions on the board or from receiving travel reimbursements. Wilson alleged that the censure violated his First Amendment right to free speech. The district court ruled against him, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed. This…

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 3/18/2022

OSBA’s division of legal services will be participating in two training opportunities next week.