Laura Hancock, cleveland.com |
About 70 Ohio school districts plan to sue the state over the laws that allow vouchers for private school tuition, arguing that it results in an educational system that’s unconstitutional.
Student Voice |
Student Voice, Kentucky Student Voice Team (KSVT), Houston Independent School District Student Congress (HISD StuCon) and March For Our Lives, four grassroots student-led organizations working to elevate student voice at the national, state and local levels, have filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. to
Melissa M. Carleton, Kate Vivian Davis, Bricker & Eckler LLP |
After months of speculation as to how a new administration may enforce Title IX, newly inaugurated President Biden wasted no time in addressing the matter. On his first day in office, he issued seventeen executive orders, including the “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com |
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.
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.
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.