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Pipeline Reassessment Status Update

You may have heard that several pipeline companies, including Rover and Nexus, have filed petitions for reassessment with the Ohio Department of Taxation (“ODT”) for significant reductions in their public utility tax assessments.  The reassessment of public utilities is governed by R.C. 5727.47.  Under the statute, ODT is required to send notice of a petition […]

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 […]

Feds Release Report on Special Education and Dispute Resolution

In preparation for the next IDEA reauthorization, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a national study of dispute resolution methods used in due process hearings and their effectiveness.  The GAO used statistical analyses, interviews, and surveys to evaluate whether, and to what extent, resolution sessions and mediation affected special education disputes.  The GAO also included […]