Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 2/17/2023

This Legal Ledger post is a follow-up on previous recent posts, with new or expanded resources and a reminder of an upcoming deadline for districts.

Threat assessment teams

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 1/27/2023

The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill (HB) 554 in the final days of the last General Assembly. Among other things, the bill changed the definition of “child with a disability” under Ohio law, increasing the maximum age of students who are eligible for services under that category.

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 3/18/2022

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

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/29/2019

Last week, the US District Court granted preliminary approval to a settlement agreement in Doe v. State of Ohio, S.D.Ohio No. 2:91-cv-00464, a class action lawsuit filed in 1993. The lawsuit, filed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, involved delivery of…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 9/20/2019

On Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) emailed…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 3/15/2019

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled last week that the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) unreasonably delayed implementing IDEA regulations related to racial, ethnic and gender disproportionality. The lawsuit was filed by the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) in July 2018 after DOE postponed the regulation compliance date…

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 11/20/2018

Yesterday, the State Board of Education and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) made the proposed amendments to the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule on transportation of students with disabilities (

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 4/27/2018

Earlier this week, the U. S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the most recent biennial Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The data included in the 2015-16 CRDC was self-reported by more than 17,300 public school districts and almost 96,400 public schools and educational programs.