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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 […]

Construction class teacher is immune from liability for student’s table saw injury.

Student sued school board and construction class teacher after student cut his fingers while using a table saw in class.  At the beginning of the semester, the teacher taught and demonstrated the safe use of power tools, discussed literature about power tool safety, and required all students to read a textbook that included information on […]