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Governor Mike DeWine Signs Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

On January 14, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine began his first day in office by issuing Executive Order 2019-05D, maintaining the anti-gender identity and expression discrimination position taken by Governor John Kasich less than a month earlier (which we blogged about here). This executive order may have come as a surprise to some as Governor DeWine […]

January 2nd, 2019 OESCA Legislative e-Update

Matthew John Markling serves as General Counsel for the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (“OESCA”) and McGown & Markling is a longstanding strategic partner with OESCA. Please click here to view the January 2nd, 2019 OESCA Legislative e-Update. This e-Update provides information on the pending and enacted bills of interest to Ohio’s public education community. Bills are […]

The Ohio General Assembly Mandates Recurring Suicide Awareness Training

House Bill 502 creates a mandatory two-year cycle for suicide awareness training for nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, administrators, and any other appropriate personnel employed by a school district, educational service center, community school, or STEM school. The previous version of R.C. 3319.073 did not require suicide awareness training on a recurring basis. Under the […]

Trump Administration Withdraws Obama-Era Rethink Discipline Guidance

On December 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing all prior recommendations regarding the Rethink Discipline Guidance from the 2014 Obama Administration. This letter came in response to the Federal Commission on School Safety’s report and recommendation (which we blogged about here) that the […]