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David Hirt meets the new EDGAR

David Hirt recently attended a three-day, national seminar on the requirements and best practices for the management of education grant funds.  The seminar focused on grants management regulations with an emphasis on the new Education Department General Administrative Regulations (“EDGAR”) and the new “Uniform Grant Guidance.”  These new federal regulations govern expenditures of grant funds; [...]

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 [...]