Here is a compendium of current issues that affect Ohio’s public entities, plus McGown & Markling news of note.
School districts derive substantial revenue from property taxes. As a result, McGown & Markling recommends that all school districts actively take steps to protect their property valuation – especially when property owners are seeking to reduce property values. If you do not know whether you have property owners seeking to reduce their property values for tax year 2016, […]
Matthew John Markling serves as General Counsel for the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (“OESCA”) and McGown & Markling is a longstanding strategic partner with OESCA. Please click here to view the March 29, 2017 OESCA Legislative e-Update. This e-Update provides information on the pending and enacted bills of interest to Ohio’s public education community. Bills […]
As we previously blogged, the United States Supreme Court was asked, in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, to answer the following question: What level of educational benefit must school districts confer on children with disabilities in order to provide them with the free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) guaranteed by the Individuals […]
In Fairland Assn. of Classroom Teachers v. Fairland Local Bd. of Edn., 2017-Ohio-1098, an Ohio appellate court found that the State Employee Relations Board (“SERB”) has exclusive jurisdiction over a breach of contract claim based solely upon an employee’s collectively bargained rights under a master agreement. In Fairland, a union and teacher filed a lawsuit […]
McGown & Markling represents political subdivisions and public officials throughout the State of Ohio and, frankly, we have been blessed to have clients who are dedicated to fully complying with the Ohio Sunshine Laws: The Ohio Public Records Act and The Ohio Open Meetings Act. Open and transparent government is the cornerstone of our democracy […]
In the wake of the decision from President Donald J. Trump’s Administration to withdraw the Department of Justice and Department of Education’s prior joint guidance regarding transgender students, which we reported about here, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the lower appellate court decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. and sent the case back […]