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New Property Tax Exemption Requirement for Community Schools

Under Section 5709.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, real property used by a community school for educational purposes is exempt from real property taxes.   The exemption applies if the community school owns its facility or if the community school leases its facility from a landlord.  The exemption must be applied for by the property owner […]

A FOND FAREWELL AND AN ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME

Smith Peters Kalail Co., L.P.A. has changed its name to Peters Kalail & Markakis Co., L.P.A. The name change reflects the departure of David Smith who is leaving the firm and transitioning to a part-time practice and the addition of three new partners – Maria Limbert Markakis, Thomas C. Holmes and Albin Bauer, II. We […]

The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision Clarifying the Standard of a Free Appropriate Public Education for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District late last month, providing guidance on the level of educational benefit schools must provide to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (“IDEA”) (for background information on this case, please see our […]

Trump Administration Rescinds Federal Transgender Student Guidance

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a letter withdrawing joint guidance previously issued by the Departments regarding transgender students in public schools.  Less than a year ago, the Departments, under the Obama Administration, issued a Dear Colleague Letter taking the position that Title IX’s prohibition on […]

Peters Kalail & Markakis 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 […]