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How H.B. 409 Creates Flexibility for Hiring Substitute Teachers

The shortage of substitute teachers has become a significant problem for school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Recently passed legislation seeks to address this problem by authorizing school districts to relax the education requirements to become licensed as a substitute tea
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Congress Delivers Lump of Coal to Public Employees Seeking an Extension of COVID-19 Paid Leave Under the FFCRA

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed a $900 billion stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump signed the bill into law on December 27, 2020. This second stimulus package comes almost nine months after the CARES Act stimulus package. One thing this bill do
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What Is New In The 2020-2021 Special Education Profile?

This week, the Ohio Department of Education released the 2020-2021 Special Education Profile (“20-21 Profile”).  Special education profiles are created annually and provide public school districts with information regarding their performance over time on key indicators for students wi
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How SB 89 Amends EdChoice and Impacts School Districts

On Friday, November 27, 2020, Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 89 (“SB 89”) into law, overhauling Ohio’s EdChoice laws.  The Governor’s signature comes after the General Assembly quickly voted to rewrite SB 89 with little time for public input. Because of SB 89, EdChoice will evolve
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Lame-Duck Legislation: House Bill 404 Signed

The Governor recently signed House Bill 404 (“HB 404”), which contains pivotal provisions that may provide relief to school districts dealing with the pandemic.  Some of the most important changes in HB 404, which was signed on November 23, 2020, include the following:  Extension on c
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Virtual Meetings and H.B. 404 – What Boards Need to Know

Recently passed legislation (HB 404) has generated many questions related to the continuing authority to hold virtual board meetings.  While HB 404 extends the period to hold virtual board meetings, that legislation has not been signed into law yet, creating tension and uncertainty fo
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Ohio Supreme Court Finds School Officials Immune in Bullying Incident

On November 10, 2020, the Ohio Supreme Court released a decision[1] finding that a teacher and school officials did not act recklessly in failing to prevent alleged bullying and were immune from individual liability on that basis.  The alleged bullying culminated in one student, S., p
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Sexual Harassment Under the New Title IX Regulations

Over the last few weeks, multiple school district clients have received sexual harassment complaints under the new Title IX regulations.  We know school districts have more new legal rules and regulations to follow than ever before, and wanted to take this opportunity to remind school
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Recovery Services vs. Compensatory Services vs. Extended School Year Services

In August, the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) issued Reset and Restart of the 2020-2021 School Year: Meeting the Needs of Students who Receive Special Education Services in K-12 (the “Restart Guidance”), which provided districts with guidance regarding when students are entitled
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