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Feds Release Report on Special Education and Dispute Resolution

In preparation for the next IDEA reauthorization, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a national study of dispute resolution methods used in due process hearings and their effectiveness.  The GAO used statistical analyses, interviews, and surveys to evaluate whether, and to what extent, resolution sessions and mediation affected special education disputes.  The GAO also included [...]

Office for Civil Rights Alerts Districts of New Race Discrimination Investigative Initiative

On October 1, 2014, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague letter explaining its plans to investigate intra-district racial disparities in accessing educational resources. OCR will focus on four main areas: (1) availability of advanced courses and gifted programs; (2) high quality educators; (3) physical facilities; and [...]

Court of Appeals Holds that Ohio Sunshine Law Does Not Cover Emails

After a board member investigated untoward athletic expenditures in his district, one athletic director resigned and, along with a colleague, was required to reimburse the district for improper spending.  As a follow up, the school board – with exception of the investigating board member – voted for a policy requiring all future communications between board [...]