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U.S. Department of Education Releases Student Privacy Guidelines for Schools Using Online Services

When districts contract with companies providing online services, they typically negotiate a Terms of Service or “TOS” agreement addressing what each user must consent to before accessing the programs.  Students and teachers accept these services by clicking “I agree” the first time they use the service or mobile application.  Because these agreements typically control which [...]

Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance about Students with Limited English Proficiency

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a Dear Colleague letter addressing districts’ obligations towards English Learners (EL) in their schools.  In this letter, OCR focuses on ten specific areas and delineates common challenges in each.  For example, the letter explained districts’ obligation to identify and assess students, provide them with appropriate language assistance [...]

ODE Recommends Reduced Student Testing

On January 15, 2015, State Superintendent Richard Ross submitted his “Testing Report and Recommendations” to Governor Kasich, in which Ross recommends a 20 percent reduction in the amount of time students are tested.  In preparing the report, the Ohio Department of Education surveyed districts and community schools; had conversations with teachers, administrators, and education stakeholders; [...]

School Districts Immune from Liability for Public Use of School Premises

Governor Kasich signed House Bill 290 into law on December 19, 2014.  It provides that city, local, and exempted village school districts, as well as their employees and board members, are not liable in damages in a civil action for injury, death, or loss to person or property allegedly arising from the use of school [...]

Ohio Schools to Teach Painkiller Lesson

On December 19, 2014, Governor Kasich signed Substitute House Bill 367 requiring Ohio schools to teach children about the dangers of prescription painkillers – the leading gateway drug to heroin abuse.  A recent study conducted by the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team and the Ohio Department Health revealed that in Ohio there has been a [...]

New Safer Schools Ohio Tip Line is Available 24 Hours a Day

The repurposed statewide hotline offers a way for students and others to report potential school safety issues anonymously.  It accepts call or texts 24 hours a day.  And it is free. Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Department of Public Safety- Office of Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and [...]