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Supreme Court rules in favor of cheerleader disciplined for profane Snapchat

Posted by Scott Peters | Jun 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

On June 23, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in B.L. v. Mahanoy Area School District, ruling that a Pennsylvania school district’s punishment of a cheerleader’s Snapchat containing profanity directed at the cheerleading squad violated her First Amendment rights. This decision serves to limit the rights of public schools to police and punish students’ speech off-campus and on social media.

Supreme Court of Ohio ruling requires teachers to undergo more extensive training to carry firearms at school

Posted by Maria Limbert Markakis | Jun 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

On June 23, 2021, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a decision in the Gabbard et al. v. Madison Local School District Board of Education et al. case interpreting the Ohio Revised Code to require teachers to undergo a full peace-officer training course before a school district may authorize them to carry a firearm on school premises; a much more stringent training standard than what most districts seeking to arm teachers are currently providing.

Pipeline Reassessment Status Update

Posted by Scott Peters | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may have heard that several pipeline companies, including Rover and Nexus, have filed petitions for reassessment with the Ohio Department of Taxation (“ODT”) for significant reductions in their public utility tax assessments.  The reassessment of public utilities is governed by R.C. 5727.47...

UPDATE: Supreme Court of Ohio to Hear Bullying Appeal

Posted by Scott Peters | Dec 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court of Ohio has accepted an appeal from the Toledo City School District regarding personal liability of school teachers and administrators in cases involving bullying.  The appeal was taken from the Sixth Appellate District's August reversal of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas...

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

Posted by Scott Peters | Dec 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

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-pr...

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