Here is a compendium of current issues that affect Ohio’s public entities, plus McGown & Markling news of note.
Senate Bill 216, which has an effective date of November 2, 2018, makes a number of significant revisions to (1) the state framework for teacher evaluations and (2) non-teacher tenure. With respect to teacher evaluations, the act eliminates the requirement that 50% of a teacher’s evaluation consist of student academic growth measures. Instead, Senate Bill […]
House Bill 438, which goes into effect on September 28, 2018, makes two significant changes regarding (1) the annexation of educational service center (“ESC”) territory and (2) the appointment of additional governing board members. With respect to the ESC territories, the act permits a local school district that previously severed its territory from an ESC, […]
In a ruling that could cost public-sector unions millions and result in the transformation of organized labor in this country, the United States Supreme Court found in Janus v. AFCSME, Supreme Court No. 16-3638, that states and public-sector unions may no longer collect agency fees from non-consenting employees. Over forty years ago, the United States […]
House Bill 312, which goes into effect on November 2, 2018, establishes new procedures that political subdivisions must follow when using credit card accounts. The act requires political subdivisions to adopt a policy regarding the use of credit cards before the political subdivision opens a credit card account or, if the political subdivision already holds […]
On November 1, 2017, the Ohio Supreme Court agreed to answer the following question of state law by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio: “Does § 2151.421 expressly impose civil liability on a school board, either for its own or its employee’s failure to report, triggering the § 2744.02(b)(5) exception […]
This October, McGown & Markling yet again joins schools and organizations nationwide in observation of National Bullying Prevention Month. We encourage everyone to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages. STOMP Out Bullying™ has a great resource webpage, which can […]