Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 10/30/2020

Many schools began the year using remote, hybrid, or blended models of instruction for the first time this year.  These new educational settings caused schools and districts to rethink educator evaluations. The

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 10/23/2020

It has been said many times: 2020 has been an extraordinary year. Given the multitude of unique challenges that schools have met since the beginning of the year, it is sometimes difficult to focus on those laws that were in place before March 2020 and still affect school board members and staff. For example, the Ethics Law and related statutes continue to apply to district officials and employees notwithstanding building closures, hybrid learning models, virtual parent-teacher meetings and all of the other unique…

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Posted by Sara C. Clark on 10/16/2020

At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Ohio Ethics Commission issued formal Advisory Opinion No. 2020-03, which addresses ethics…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 10/8/2020

We know it may be difficult to travel for professional development opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t forget that OSBA has many resources that allow you to learn on your schedule, at your pace and from the comfort of your home. These include:

  • Virtual Capital…
Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 9/30/2020

The Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, 2020. Appointed in 1993, Justice Ginsburg served on the court for 27 years. Justice Ginsburg will be remembered for her colorful dissents and ardent support of statutes to provide equal rights for women and men.

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 9/23/2020

Last week, the U.S. District Court concluded that the territory transfer law enacted in the 2019-2020 biennial budget bill violated the Ohio Constitution. As a result, six territory transfers enacted under the law were halted and two territory transfer matters that were to be on the ballot in November are now moot.

Posted by Van D. Keating on 9/11/2020

On Aug. 27, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)  released additional questions and answers

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 9/4/2020

Yesterday, the interim director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued an order requiring reporting and notification of COVID-19 cases in k-12 schools

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Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 8/31/2020

We have all been inundated with information about COVID-19 from many sources, including many orders coming from the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Some restrictions have been lifted or modified while other restrictions still remain in effect. OSBA has been asked numerous times about the restriction on gatherings of ten or more people, virtual meetings and the extension of time to fill a board vacancy.

The restriction on gatherings of ten or more people was first introduced in the ODH Director’s Mar. 22 “Stay at Home Order.” It was also in the Apr. 2 “Amended Stay…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 8/24/2020

Last week, the Governor announced that the Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) would be issuing an order permitting all sports practices and competitions. The order, which was effective last Thursday morning, applies to youth, collegiate, amateur, club and professional sports and establishes minimum standards with which athletes and teams must comply in order to practice…