Here is a compendium of current issues that affect Ohio’s public entities, plus McGown & Markling news of note.
In Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow v. Ohio Dept. of Edn., Slip Opinion No. 2018-Ohio-3126, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) may require evidence of durational data regarding students in order for online-based or electronic learning schools to qualify for state funding. In this case, ODE was seeking student participation […]
With the increased popularity of crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, crowdrise, and DonorsChoose to raise money for school purchases, schools are faced with new legal challenges and issues. To combat these issues, the Auditor of the State of Ohio (“Auditor”) released a guide entitled, “Schools and Crowdfunding” to help schools avoid liability and audit violations […]
The Ohio Attorney General announced in June 2018 that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (“BCI”) will begin assisting school districts in increasing their safety efforts. As part of this effort, the BCI is offering the use of its drones to take free aerial photographs of school buildings for inclusion in school safety plans. These aerial […]
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 February 26, 2018, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Janus v. AFCSME, Supreme Court No. 16-3638, a case that could decide the fate of organized labor in the United States. At issue in Janus is the continued validity of “fair share” or “agency” fees. Over forty years ago, the United States Supreme […]