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Category: Current Issues

Here is a compendium of current issues that affect Ohio’s public entities, plus McGown & Markling news of note.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion

On January 17, 2019, the United States Department of Education announced the launch of a new program designed to curb the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion on children with disabilities within the nation’s school systems. The program has three components: (1) free appropriate public education compliance reviews for children with disabilities, (2) improved quality […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]