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In this Legal Ledger Sidebar, OSBA attorneys Jennifer and John discuss the Ohio Ethics Law restrictions on gifts, entertainment and other things of value. The conversation covers the key aspects of the laws as they apply to school board members and school employees. 

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OSBA would like to thank our extern, Joshua Menden, for drafting this week's blog post.

As the holidays approach, it may be a time for general cheer and merrymaking, but before hanging the stockings, boards of education must remember some of the important deadlines coming up. So, say goodbye to 2023, and get ready to ring in 2024 with your board’s annual organizational meeting.

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In case you missed it, here are a few updates of importance from this past week:

  1. Governor nominates new DEW Director.
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The start of November at OSBA means one thing:  it’s Capital Conference season, folks! We are just over a week away from welcoming thousands of board members, administrators and other school district professionals to Columbus for our annual Capital Conference. We’re excited to see all of you, and we think the conference will be more valuable than ever for our attendees.

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In today’s Legal Ledger Sidebar, Jennie Hardin and Lenore Winfrey discuss the School Law Workshop at this year’s Capital Conference. The workshop offers five sessions presented by experienced attorneys and school board members…

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Last Friday, Judge Richard Frye ruled that the state can proceed with the education governance changes laid out in House Bill (HB) 33. 

HB 33, which became effective on Oct. 3,…

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Yesterday, the Auditor of State (AOS) issued Bulletin 2023-004, providing guidance for school districts related to a new law requiring cash payment options at school events.  

The law, Ohio…

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OSBA attorneys Sara Clark and John Price discuss Ohio’s Open Meetings Act…

Within the past month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two resolution agreements regarding inadequacies of protections for students in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and thus provides protections for students facing sexual harassment. The law requires schools to introduce efforts to prevent or reduce harassment by other students, not just school officials or employees. The recent resolution…

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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is rolling out guidance documents to help districts manage some of the changes in the 2024-25 biennial budget bill, House Bill (HB) 33. Here are some of the resources that have been issued to date:  

Online day plans 

ODE has issued some additional information about the HB 33 changes to the calamity…