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The 4-1-1 on New Changes to R.C. 3313.411

House Bill 166 took effect last month, reducing the two-year requirement of ORC 3313.411 to one year.  ORC 3313.411 now requires a school district with school facilities that have been unused for one year to offer to lease or sell those facilities to community schools, STEM schools, or college-preparatory boarding schools located within the district’s geographical […]

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 […]

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 […]