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Category: Legislative Updates

Check here often for the latest news on pending and enacted bills of interest to Ohio’s public education community.

January 2nd, 2019 OESCA Legislative e-Update

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 January 2nd, 2019 OESCA Legislative e-Update. This e-Update provides information on the pending and enacted bills of interest to Ohio’s public education community. Bills are […]

The Ohio General Assembly Mandates Recurring Suicide Awareness Training

House Bill 502 creates a mandatory two-year cycle for suicide awareness training for nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, administrators, and any other appropriate personnel employed by a school district, educational service center, community school, or STEM school. The previous version of R.C. 3319.073 did not require suicide awareness training on a recurring basis. Under the […]

The Ohio General Assembly Limits Potential Treasurer Liability

House Bill 491 makes significant changes to the potential liability of school district and educational service center treasurers for the loss of public funds. The Act limits a treasurer’s liability so long as the treasurer performed all official duties with reasonable care. The Act still permits treasurer liability where the loss of public funds results […]

The Ohio General Assembly Permits Substitute Licenses For Specified Pupil Services Personnel

House Bill 491 makes significant changes regarding the provision of substitute teaching licenses to specified pupil services personnel. The Act allows the State Board of Education to issue substitute licenses to speech-language pathologists, audiologists, registered nurses, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, and social workers. An individual seeking such a substitute […]

The Ohio General Assembly Permits Employee Dishonesty And Faithful Performance Of Duty Insurance Policies To Replace Surety Bonds For Certain Employees

House Bill 291 permits counties, townships, municipal corporations, school districts, community schools, and libraries to use an “employee dishonesty and faithful performance of duty insurance policy” in place of surety bonds. This insurance policy can cover any specified officers, employees, and appointees that would traditionally be covered by a surety bond – e.g., superintendents and […]