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Trump Administration Rescinds Federal Transgender Student Guidance

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a letter withdrawing joint guidance previously issued by the Departments regarding transgender students in public schools.  Less than a year ago, the Departments, under the Obama Administration, issued a Dear Colleague Letter taking the position that Title IX’s prohibition on […]

Smith Peters Kalail Co., L.P.A. Names David Hirt a Director

We are pleased to announce that David Hirt has been named a Director of the firm.  David, who will be chairing the firm’s litigation practice, has been representing school boards for over 17 years in many areas of education law.  He has extensive experience handling litigation in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings such as […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide on the Level of Education Benefit that Must Be Provided to Students with Disabilities

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District in which it will decide the level of educational benefit that school districts must offer to students with disabilities. This is the first case to reach the Supreme Court regarding the meaning of free […]

OSC and SPK Present Series of Legal Updates

For the second year in a row, the Ohio Schools Council is offering a Legal Seminar Series presented by Smith Peters Kalail Co., L.P.A.  The seminars cover relevant school law issues and are offered at no cost to OSC and GCSSA members. The most recent topic presented on December 14, 2016, was Legal Issues Related […]

House Bill 410 Brings Significant Changes to Ohio’s Truancy Law

Last month, the legislature passed a law revamping Ohio’s truancy law.  House Bill 410, which effectively decriminalizes truancy, is currently waiting for the Governor’s signature.  The bill shifts the burden back to schools to take additional steps to bring students to class before utilizing the court system.  Proponents of the bill hope that the revisions […]

U.S. Department of Education proposes new IDEA regulations to address disparate treatment of disabled students of color

On February 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education proposed new IDEA regulations to address the disparate treatment of students of color who have disabilities.  The proposed regulation is meant to address two disparities identified by USDOE.  First, students of color are disproportionately more likely to be identified as children with disabilities.  Second, disabled students […]