Posted by Sara C. Clark on 3/24/2023

On April 6, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) may begin issuing two-year reinstatement licenses in accordance with HB 554, which was signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in January 2023. These licenses may be issued to educators whose associate or professional licenses or certificates have expired. According to the bill’s sponsors, the new licenses were…

Posted by John R. Price on 3/17/2023

It’s March, meaning we are in one of the peak times for sports. It’s tournament time for basketball, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments. The OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament is underway as of the time of this writing, with the OHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament wrapping up just a few days ago. We all enjoy these traditions, and for many students who play any sport, these are core and formative experiences in their education. It’s important to make sure your districts are including students…

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 3/10/2023

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has recently unveiled a webpage designed to assist school districts as they implement the requirements in the law on positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS).

PBIS is a multi-tiered, school-wide, behavioral framework developed and implemented to improve academic and social outcomes and increase…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 3/3/2023

OSBA’s legal division recently updated its Parliamentary procedure fact sheet. This fact sheet is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about parliamentary procedure and can serve as a resource for board members, superintendents…

Posted by John R. Price on 2/24/2023

The OSBA legal division would like to invite you to join us for our annual Special Education Law Workshop on Friday, March 24, 2023. As in previous years, this event features engaging speakers on a variety of timely and relevant special education topics designed to keep professionals in the field up to date on this ever-changing area of law. The workshop is tailored to special education personnel as well as attorneys, and it has been approved for 5.5 hours of CLE credit. Register now so you can be sure you don’t miss…

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.

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Posted by Sara C. Clark on 2/10/2023

OSBA’s legal division publishes many resources that are designed to assist board members and answer many of the frequently asked questions the division receives. These publications are reviewed and updated regularly. Today’s blog post highlights some of our more recently updated publications.

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 Sara C. Clark on 1/20/2023

Many school districts use their annual organizational meeting as a time to make board committee appointments. As school boards create new committees or invite new members to serve on these committees, it’s a good time to review the applicability of the Open Meetings Act to committees.

Posted by John R. Price on 1/13/2023

January is a time when many boards of education take stock of the management of their school districts. It is organizational meeting season, and often there are new members joining the board’s ranks. We at OSBA also receive many calls this time of year about what steps boards must take if they want to renew or non-renew a superintendent’s contract and when these steps must be taken.

Timing is an important legal component of…