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Ohio Supreme Court Disapproves School Board’s Proposed Conversion of Inside-Mill Operating Levy to Permanent Improvement Levy

On December 2, 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision in Sanborn v. Hamilton Cty. Budget Comm ., Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5218, which barred a school district’s attempt to convert an inside-mill operating levy to a permanent-improvement levy finding that the school district failed to demonstrate that the rate of taxation was clearly required. [...]

State Board of Education Votes to Eliminate Requirement to Maintain Minimum Student Support Personnel

The vote Tuesday, December 9, 2014, involved a proposal to eliminate the current mandate that schools must have five of eight of student support personnel positions per 1,000 students.  These positions are: elementary art, music and physical education teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers and visiting teachers. Some criticize the change as permitting elementary schools [...]

OCR Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Individuals with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter,” with a link to a FAQ document, addressing the obligations of public school districts to ensure effective communication with students who have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities, as well as [...]

Board of Education is Immune from Liability for Student’s Injury Caused by Another Student on the School Bus

An Ohio appeals court recently reiterated that a board of education enjoys statutory immunity from liability for a student’s injuries that were caused by another student while both were riding on a school bus.  The bus driver was driving a bus full of children when a seventeen-year-old passenger sexually assaulted a five-year-old passenger.  The victim’s [...]

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 [...]

Office for Civil Rights Alerts Districts of New Race Discrimination Investigative Initiative

On October 1, 2014, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague letter explaining its plans to investigate intra-district racial disparities in accessing educational resources. OCR will focus on four main areas: (1) availability of advanced courses and gifted programs; (2) high quality educators; (3) physical facilities; and [...]