Court decisions from across the country have implications right here in Ohio. Here is a selection of recent cases, and why they matter.
In Ruez v. Lake Cty. Educational Serv. Ctr., 2017-Ohio-4125, an Ohio appellate court found that a governing board did not breach its contract with a teacher when it implemented a reduction in force under R.C. 3319.17. The case involves an intervention specialist employed as a teacher by an educational service center (“ESC”). Two of […]
In Meminger v. Ohio State Univ., 2017-Ohio-5781, the court of claims dismissed a wrongful termination claim because the “plaintiff was a member of the classified civil service who was a member of a collective bargaining unit, and, as such, she was not an employee at will.” Meminger at ¶ 8. “As a general rule, the […]
In Jones v. Geauga Cty Republican Party Cent. Commt., 2017-Ohio-2930, an Ohio appellate court found that a central committee of a local political party is only a public body comprised of public officers for purposes of the Ohio Open Meetings Act when the committee is actually undertaking its limited governmental duties, such as making appointments […]
In State ex rel. Masiella v. Brimfield Twp. Bd. of Trustees, 2017-Ohio-2934, an Ohio appellate court, in rejecting an Open Meetings Act claim, clarified that, in order to demonstrate an Open Meetings Act violation, “it is not sufficient for a plaintiff to demonstrate that a meeting occurred, but rather [a plaintiff] must also demonstrate that […]
In State v. Polk, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-2735, the Ohio Supreme Court held that a “school’s protocol requiring searches of unattended book bags—to determine ownership and whether the contents are dangerous—furthers the compelling governmental interest in protecting public-school students from physical harm [and * * *] that the school employees’ search of the unattended […]
In Routson-Gim-Belluardo v. Ohio Dept. of Edn., 2017-Ohio-2611, an Ohio appellate court “affirmed the resolution of the Ohio State Board of Education [“State Board”] to revoke [a teacher’s] teaching license for engaging in conduct unbecoming an educator” where the evidence showed that the teacher gave students information in advance of taking a standardized test that […]