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‘Disturbing reports’ about Seattle schools spark civil-rights probe by U.S. Department of Education

Hannah Furfaro, Dahlia Bazzaz, Seattle Times |

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating Seattle Public Schools after “disturbing reports” about how the district handled special education during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter sent to Superintendent Denise Juneau this week, department officials cite concerns that some students went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren’t allowed to provide it.

Like many urban districts throughout the country, the district has a turbulent history with special education, with problems spanning decades. In 2014, the state withheld 28% of the district’s federal funding, about $3 million, until it could show it was complying with federal law.

Complaints prompt federal investigation into special education in Indiana during pandemic

Stephanie Wang, Chalkbeat Indiana |

Federal investigators are examining whether Indiana has failed to provide appropriate special education services through remote learning during the pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened the investigation this week because of multiple complaints filed with the state that schools’ virtual learning plans did not include individualized services for students with disabilities. At least three other similar investigations were opened this week across the country.


Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments in armed teachers case

Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal |

The issue of whether or not school districts should be allowed to determine firearms policies and the level of training needed comes down to grammar and the English language, according to attorneys who argued the case before the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday.


Schools, employees posting views on national events; some not covered by 1st Amendment

Lisa Rantala, WSYX |

Amid the siege of the U.S. Capitol, Reynoldsburg City Schools Superintendent Dr. Melvin Brown tweeted, “If you have failed the understand the definition of privilege, it’s on display in D.C.”

The post was liked and retweeted hundreds of times. However, a parent contacted ABC 6 On Your Side to indicate they had filed a complaint with the Ohio Department of Education as they felt the tweet violated the state’s Educator’s Code of Professional Conduct.


Ohio Supreme Court starts new year with armed teacher lawsuit

Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal |

One of the first cases the Ohio Supreme Court will consider in 2021 will regard firearms policies authorized by school districts.

The case comes from Butler County, and was also the subject of legislation that failed to pass in the waning hours of the last General Assembly.

The state’s highest court plans to hear oral arguments in Gabbard v. Madison Local School District Board of Education on Jan. 13. The court already allowed the district to continue with an approved firearms authorization policy as the appeal goes through the court.


Convicted former Cleveland, Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett allegedly steered $6.3 million contract to friends, inspector general report finds

Emily Bamforth, |

Former Cleveland and Chicago public schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, still serving a sentence for a kickback scheme, was also allegedly involved in a plan to direct a $6 million contract to friends, according to a report from the inspector general.

Byrd-Bennett, who led the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from 1998 to 2006, is under house arrest after leaving prison to serve the rest of a four-and-a-half year sentence after pleading guilty for guiding $20 million in contracts to a former employer, in violation of school contract rules. She received kickbacks for steering those contracts.

Health department order dealt another legal setback

Toledo Blade |

A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed another setback to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s attempt to shut down private school instruction and athletics to fight the coronavirus spread.

The U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected the department’s request for a rehearing of the court’s injunction blocking the department’s order.

The decision filed Wednesday said the department “failed to demonstrate that the court overlooked or misapprehended a point of law or fact in issuing our decision.”

Parochial schools return to in-person instruction after winning injunction

Kaitlen Durbin, Toledo Blade |

Area parochial schools are returning to in-person instruction now that a federal appeals court has deemed the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Health’s order to close them as unenforceable, but the fight may not yet be over.

The health department has filed a petition for rehearing, asking the court to reconsider its ruling, a spokesman confirmed Monday. The department did not answer additional questions about the action, saying it is following the guidance of its legal counsel.

It didn’t stop Monclova Christian Academy from returning students to the classroom Monday, and games and sports team practices are set to resume Tuesday.

‘Unpersuasive.’ ‘Meritless.’ ‘Gross mischaracterization.’ U.S. appeals court scorches CPS in case of 8-year-old’s suicide

Anne Saker, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Eight-year-old Gabriel Taye died by suicide nearly four years ago, and for nearly as long, federal judges have studied the chronic bullying he endured at Carson Elementary School.


Court: Parents of child who killed himself can sue educators

Dan Sewell, Associated Press via WKRC |

The parents of an 8-year-old student who killed himself after being persistently bullied can move forward with a lawsuit against Cincinnati Public Schools that alleges wrongful death and other charges, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday.

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