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 11/11/2022

Earlier this week, the Ohio Department of Education released updated guidance on blended learning plans, clarifying that blended learning is not be used on an emergency or contingent basis, such as for illness-related or weather-related building closures, parent-teacher conferences, professional development days, or staffing shortages. Rather, districts may only…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/6/2022

Earlier this week, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and US Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO) issued new resources for school districts.

Hiring substitute teachers

In recognition of the challenges districts are facing to recruit, support and retain substitute teachers, ODE has prepared new resources on its…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 8/27/2021

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has updated its online and blended learning guidance for the 2021-22 school year. The guidance now includes a new section in the FAQs on temporary online learning for closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks, as well as adding FAQs expanding guidance related to online learning and blended learning.

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 7/28/2021

In the recently enacted biennial budget bill (Am. Sub. H.B. 110),…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 4/2/2021

On April 1, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released additional information regarding Remote Learning Pathway Considerations 2021-2022. For the 2020-21 school year, the Ohio legislature gave districts additional flexibility to…

Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 6/8/2020

Last Wednesday, at our weekly townhall meeting

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 3/29/2020

As this week of dramatic change comes to a close, we hope it finds you and your loved ones safe. One thing that has become very clear during this time is how important public schools are to the entire fabric of their communities. We, at OSBA, are ready to help districts as they continue to perform vital functions for students and their families.

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 6/7/2019

This week’s blog continues the coverage of Senate Bill (SB) 216 licensure changes effective on July 1. Last week’s blog

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 5/30/2019

The licensure requirements for substitute teachers in Ohio will undergo significant changes once Senate Bill 216 (SB 216) goes into effect on July 1. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) formerly issued both Long Term five-year, and Short Term one-year substitute licenses under Revised Code (RC) section 3319.226. This new…