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New EEOC Rule: Penalty Increased for Violating Nondiscrimination Notice Posting Requirement

The penalty for violating the requirements to post notice of rights that employees and job applicants have under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act has increased from $110 to $210 for each violation.  An employer such as a board of education must post notice [...]

The 180 School Day Expulsion: A Potential Option for Disciplining Dangerous Students

The Ohio House of Representatives passed an amendment to Ohio’s expulsion law that would permit a board of education to adopt a policy allowing the superintendent to expel a student for up to 180 school days for conduct that posed an “imminent and severe endangerment to the health and safety” of other students or school [...]

Ohio House and Senate Approve Four Extra Snow Days; Bill Sent to Governor

The Ohio House and Senate both gave their approvals Wednesday to a compromise plan that will provide four additional calamity days, once districts have used their initial five already outlined in state law and four contingency days they planned at the start of the school year.  The legislature approved recommendations from a legislative conference committee, including [...]

National Report Touts the Importance of Mentoring

A newly published report provides insightful viewpoints on the importance and benefits of mentoring for at-risk children.  The Mentor Effect: Young People’s Perspective on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring was commissioned by the National Mentoring Partnership. The report is based on a national survey of 18-21 year olds about the experiences – or lack [...]

Maine State Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Transgendered Student

In the first decision of its kind, the Main Supreme Court ruled that a school’s failure to allow a transgendered student to use the girls’ restroom violated state anti-discrimination laws.  Susan Doe, born biologically male, was diagnosed with gender dysphoria before fifth grade.  Initially, the district developed a Section 504 plan that allowed Susan to [...]

State Employment Board Finds Implementing OTES Does Not Violate Collective Bargaining Laws

After a Union alleged a district violated Ohio law by unilaterally implementing a new teacher evaluation system during collective bargaining negotiations, the State Employment Board investigated and dismissed the charges.  The Board explained that the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) is not subject to the Revised Code’s collective bargaining statutes.  Although collective bargaining regulations typically [...]