Posted by Sara C. Clark on 12/16/2022

In June, Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill (HB) 99

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Posted by John R. Price on 12/9/2022

It is hard to believe, but the holiday season is here, and we are quickly approaching the end of 2022. The holiday break is around the corner, the Buckeyes are in the College Football Playoff, and we’re about to ring in 2023. For boards of education, though, there are important deadlines and other items to keep in mind as we approach January despite the festivities of the season.

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 12/2/2022

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued an opinion in Hicks v. Clermont County Board of Commissioners, in which a public body was sued for violations of the Open Meetings Act (OMA). The Supreme Court determined that, when alleging a violation of the OMA, the plaintiff bears the burden of proving the violation. This ruling establishes that, in the…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 11/23/2022

As you start winding down the 2022 calendar year, keep in mind the following year-end dates and deadlines:

  • November 30
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 John R. Price on 10/21/2022

This past Wednesday, Oct. 19, was Global Ethics Day, meaning this is an ideal time to think about rules governing the compatibility of public offices. These situations arise when public officials like school board members wish to serve in other public roles while on the school board. By nature, school board members are often civic-minded and community-oriented individuals involved in different community or service ventures. However, despite the best of intentions, serving in multiple public roles can create thorny…

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Posted by Sara C. Clark on 10/14/2022

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. On Oct. 4, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (DOE) released

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 10/7/2022

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has issued a reminder about the annual consolidated school report that each school district must file this autumn. The report for the 2021-22 school year is due by Nov. 30, 2022, and ODE has recently prepared instructions for districts to follow when filing it. At any time…

Posted by John R. Price on 9/30/2022

Ohio House Bill 583, which went into effect on Sept. 23, provides resources for tutoring students that are available to all districts in Ohio. These provisions are targeted at remediating learning losses that students experienced due to school building closures related to COVID-19. The programs are implemented by the Ohio Department of Education (…