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Real Estate Valuation Deadline

In Ohio, public school districts are permitted to initiate complaints with the county board of revision regarding the valuation of real property.  Property owners are also permitted to file complaints when they believe the tax on their property is too high.  Once a property owner files such a complaint, school districts are also permitted to […]

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 […]

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 […]