Close Window

Category: Current Issues

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

McGown & Markling Celebrates Sunshine Week: March 12-18, 2017

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 […]

The U.S. Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Case To Lower Court

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 […]

VIDEO: Student Book Bag Search Case Reaches The Ohio Supreme Court

On March 1, 2017, the Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments in State of Ohio v. Polk, No. 2016-0271, a case of national importance involving the constitutionality of a search conducted by a school security officer which uncovered bullets in a student’s book bag. The Ohio Channel’s video of the oral arguments in State of […]

The Trump Administration Withdraws Department Of Education’s Guidance Regarding Transgender Students

On February 22, 2017, President Donald J. Trump’s Administration withdrew the Department of Justice and Department of Education’s prior joint guidance regarding transgender students. To read the Department of Education’s February 22, 2017 press release entitled, “U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Statement on New Title IX Guidance,” please click here. To read the […]

The U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies When Litigants Are Required To Exhaust IDEA Administrative Remedies Prior To Filing Lawsuits

In Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, 580 U.S. ____ (2017), the United States Supreme Court held that administrative exhaustion “is not necessary when the gravamen of the plaintiff’s suit is something other than the denial of the [Individuals With Disabilities Education Act’s (“IDEA”)] core guarantee—what the Act calls a ‘free and appropriate public education.’” The […]