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Ohio Supreme Court Disapproves School Board’s Proposed Conversion of Inside-Mill Operating Levy to Permanent Improvement Levy

On December 2, 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision in Sanborn v. Hamilton Cty. Budget Comm ., Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5218, which barred a school district’s attempt to convert an inside-mill operating levy to a permanent-improvement levy finding that the school district failed to demonstrate that the rate of taxation was clearly required. [...]

State Board of Education Votes to Eliminate Requirement to Maintain Minimum Student Support Personnel

The vote Tuesday, December 9, 2014, involved a proposal to eliminate the current mandate that schools must have five of eight of student support personnel positions per 1,000 students.  These positions are: elementary art, music and physical education teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers and visiting teachers. Some criticize the change as permitting elementary schools [...]

OCR Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Individuals with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter,” with a link to a FAQ document, addressing the obligations of public school districts to ensure effective communication with students who have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities, as well as [...]