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U.S. Department Of Education Publishes Guidance on Alternate Assessment Requirements

The United States Department of Education published guidance on meeting alternate assessment requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”). The guidance focuses on directing states to comply with the one percent requirement for alternate assessments that are aligned with alternate academic achievement standards. The guidance highlights the potential consequences for failing to comply with […]

The Ohio Ethics Commission – The Voice of Ethics – 2019 Quarter 1

The Ohio Ethics Commission just published its newest newsletter, which can be viewed here. Past newsletters from the Ohio Ethics Commission can be viewed here. McGown & Markling is often asked to opine on various ethics issues, but the best ethics advice comes straight from the Ohio Ethics Commission itself. To request an advisory opinion […]

McGown & Markling Celebrates Public Schools Week 2019: March 25-29, 2019

Public Schools Week 2019 celebrates our nation’s public schools, our students, and the many school professionals who work to help students achieve their greatest potential. A broad group of educators—representing 10 million administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators and school board members – will mark this week with events and outreach to their communities. To learn […]

New Guidance on Ohio’s Medicaid School Program from the Ohio Occupational Therapy and Ohio School Health Services Associations

The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association and Ohio School Health Services Association have jointly produced guidance for school boards and officials regarding Ohio’s independent Medicaid School Program. To read the guidance, here. Authors: Matthew John Markling, Patrick Vrobel, and John T. Sulik, Jr. Note: This blog entry does not constitute – nor does it contain – […]

Private Bus Tour Did Not Violate Open Meetings Act

In the case of Esrati v. Dayton City Comm., 2019-Ohio-1021, an Ohio appellate court held that a private tour of school buildings by a facilities committee formed by a school board did not violate the Ohio Open Meetings Act because there was no evidence that “anything other than information gathering [occurred] during the private tour” […]