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Leaving High School Students Unsupervised for Six Minutes is Not Good and Just Cause for Teacher Termination

The Ohio Third District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s decision that leaving high school students unsupervised in the classroom for six minutes was not good and just cause for the termination of the teacher’s employment, even when one student assaulted another during the teacher’s absence.  In Badertscher v. Liberty-Benton School District Board [...]

Ohio Supreme Court to Decide Whether Electronic Mail Between Board Members Can Constitute an Illegal Public Meeting

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal that will decide whether electronic mail between board members may constitute an illegal public meeting.  In White v. King, 2014-Ohio-3896, the Ohio Court of Appeals from the Fifth District held that four board members did not violate the Sunshine Law’s prohibition on closed meetings by [...]

David Smith named 2015 Cleveland Education “Lawyer of the Year”

Smith Peters Kalail Co., L.P.A. is proud to announce that BestLawyers has named David Kane Smith as the Cleveland Education “Lawyer of the Year” for 2015.  David represents public school boards in all aspects of school and employment law, including labor negotiations, arbitration, and personnel matters.  He is the coordinator of the firm’s litigation section, [...]