Posted by Sara C. Clark on 5/3/2019

School districts across the country are increasingly using computer software, mobile apps and other web-based tools to foster and enhance the learning process. The widespread adoption and use of online technologies have the potential to positively transform the educational process, but they also have called attention to possible risks. In particular, the information sharing, web-hosting and…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 4/11/2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released the Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 2/14/2019

In December, the Legal Ledger reported that the Federal Commission on School Safety, formed by President Trump after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, had released its report and recommendations. In…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 12/23/2018

Earlier this week, the Federal Commission on School Safety (Commission) released a report detailing 93 best practices and policy recommendations for improving safety at…

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

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

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 5/22/2018

Memorial Day is the official day on which the United States (U.S.) honors and remembers those who have died in active military service. As we prepare to gather with family and friends, it’s also a good time to review supports available to military families and their children in Ohio’s schools. 

About 34,000 students in Ohio are children from…

Posted by Megan E. Greulich on 12/14/2017

On Dec. 7, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released a Q&A document clarifying the scope of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) following the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) March 2017 decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

The SCOTUSblog provides resources…

Posted by Sara Clark on 8/26/2016

Earlier this week, a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Texas, issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education from taking action to enforce their guidance letter on the rights of transgender students under Title IX.  For a summary of the federal guidance, please see our…

Posted by Jennifer Hardin on 7/29/2016

ODE news:  Every Student Succeeds Act webinars and stakeholder meetings and comment period for revisions to learning standards ending

As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is required to create a Student Success Plan.  The plan will describe how local, state and federal programs are aligned.  ODE is inviting school board members, district employees, teachers, parents and any other interested parties to attend one of ten stakeholder meetings to share ideas for the development of the Student Success Plan.   

Posted by Sara Clark on 5/18/2016

Last Friday, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance on their interpretation of the rights of and protections for transgender students under Title IX.

The guidance document, which comes in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter, does not add requirements to existing law, but adds another voice to an ongoing conversation about whether Title IX’s…