Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 5/21/2021

The United States Department of Education's (DOE) Office for Civil Rights recently released a guidance document: Questions and Answers on Civil Rights and School Reopening in the COVID-19 Environment. The guide provides some answers to common questions about schools' responsibilities under the civil rights laws with an emphasis on the different situations that have occurred or may occur with special education students.

One of the first questions is about each school’s obligation to provide FAPE…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 5/10/2021

The deadline for districts to file blended learning declarations for the 2021-22 school year is July 1, 2021. As districts are considering their options to best serve students next year, one important factor is understanding the extent to which students can access learning from home.  

One tool districts could use to assist with that effort is the recently…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 4/11/2021

There have been a few important new guidance documents issued from the Ohio Departments of Education (ODE) and Health (ODH). Here’s a quick overview of their key elements.

ODH guidance document

On April 8, ODH issued the Director’s Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings and Non-Congregating. The order…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 8/14/2020

On Monday,  Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that schools can begin applying for the new…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 7/20/2020

On July 20, the Ohio Controlling Board approved requests to appropriate $100 million additional CARES Act funding for K-12 schools. This funding comes from the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the CARES Act and is separate from the $440 million recently allocated from the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) Fund. 

These funds are allocated to districts using a base amount established by fiscal year 2019 enrollment data from the State Report Card, with additional money provided to districts to support economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 7/14/2020

The Ohio Departments of Health (ODH) and Education (ODE) have prepared guidance documents for school districts to use as they plan for the 2020-21 school year. One question that has been raised about the documents is whether school districts are required to implement the elements discussed or whether they are merely recommendations…

Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 1/24/2020

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education made two announcements that will affect the legal landscape once implemented.

 

In the first press release, the department announced that the Office for Civil…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 11/4/2019

As an important reminder, recently modified Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code 3301.68

Posted by Van D. Keating on 2/20/2019

On February 15, Ohio school districts received a guidance document from the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Office of Educator Licensure designed to help schools and teachers meet the new July 1

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 1/18/2019

In conjunction with its five-year strategic plan, Each Child Our Future, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is restructuring its operations. ODE will be structured into four centers: