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Ohio Department of Education Develops New Strategic Plan For Education – Each Child, Our Future

On January 2, 2019, the Ohio Department of Education released its plan “to lift aspirations, create hope and excitement, guide development of state-level education policies and promote high-quality educational practices across the state.” Each Child Our Future Ohio Strategic Plan For Education: 2019-2024, at 4 (#EachChildOurFuture). The plan includes ten strategies to help increase the […]

Ohio’s Minimum Wage Increases At The Start Of The New Year

On January 1, 2019, as required by the Ohio Constitution, the Ohio minimum wage rate increased to $8.55 from $8.30 for non-tipped employees and $4.30 from $4.15 for tipped employees. These rates apply to any business with gross annual receipts exceeding $314,000 per year. Smaller businesses or employees aged 14 to 15 are subject to […]

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 […]

Governor John Kasich Signs Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

On December 19, 2018, Governor John Kasich issued Executive Order 2018-12K taking a significant step in ensuring that all Ohioans, including LGBTQ Ohioans, are protected from discrimination in state employment. This executive order explicitly prohibits discrimination in state employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and other protected bases such as […]