Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/23/2019

As the season of holiday parties, concerts and performances approaches, schools need to be sure to plan events that comply with the Constitution. Of particular note is the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which provides that government shall “make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

Posted by Megan E. Greulich on 11/30/2018

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)

Posted by Van D. Keating on 6/27/2018

In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled today that the State of Illinois’ extraction of agency fees from non-consenting public-sector employees violates the First Amendment.

The decision, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 6/22/2018

The June issue of Journal, OSBA’s award-winning magazine, features an entire section on hot topics for school districts. The articles, written by six members of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys (OCSBA), discuss five topics of critical interest to Ohio school board members and administrators.

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 3/6/2018

In the wake of 17 deaths in the shooting at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School on Feb. 14, students across the country are organizing public statements, letters to the editor and planned walkouts to protest what students perceive as a lack of effective response by leaders.

One planned walkout will occur next Wednesday, March 14, when some students will…

Posted by Megan E. Greulich on 2/28/2018

On Monday, Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFCSME, Council 31 regarding the constitutionality of requiring nonmember bargaining unit…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 2/14/2018

With the rising use of social media, it is becoming more difficult for school districts to know when to intervene with online issues involving students. When should a school district address off-campus social media posts between students? Should they be involved in disciplining pupils who have engaged in social media misconduct? Where is the balance between a student’s First Amendment right to free speech and the district’s goals of protecting students and providing a safe and nurturing school environment…

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Posted by Sara C. Clark on 9/28/2017

Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for his refusal to stand for the National Anthem. NFL players, professional athletes in other sports and even Stevie Wonder recently followed Kaepernick’s example, motivated in part by President Trump’s call for team owners to fire and otherwise silence players who participate. As football season kicks off at high schools around the country, districts may wonder how to respond.

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Posted by Sara Clark on 5/2/2013

The Harlem Shake is a popular dance video that has spawned hundreds of thousands of imitators. For those of you unfamiliar with the dance craze, a few of my favorite versions can be found here, here, and here. The videos usually feature a person dancing alone, then a group joining in wildly…