Federal program to offer webinars on website accessibility

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched an initiative to make more websites and online programs accessible for individuals with disabilities. OCR will offer technical assistance and design suggestions via a series of webinars to schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities. The webinars are intended for IT professionals. Vendors are encouraged to attend as well. [More]

Decoding Ohio's New Truancy Law for Students with Disabilities

When Ohio updated its truancy law in 2017, the move required schools to emphasize prevention over punishment. Lawmakers shifted the focus from court proceedings to intervention strategies in schools, hoping students will return to the classroom and face a better chance for academic success. In the process, the juvenile justice system can reduce its caseload and focus on more serious matters. [More]

U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights Issues Instructions Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students

On June 6, 2017, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, issued instructions to the directors of the regional offices of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding complaints involving transgender students. The instructions come in response to three events that have impacted transgender law in public schools: (1) the withdrawal of two guidance documents by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice; (2) the dismissal of State of Texas v. United States; and (3) the remand of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. [More]

Ohio Legislature Alters Law on Truancy and Student Discipline

The Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 410 (H.B. 410) last December after considering the legislation for over a year. The bill became law on April 6, 2017. As of April 6, school districts must measure absences in hours, rather than days, and must adhere to new laws regarding student discipline. The new law substantially changes the truancy law for the 2017-2018 school year, and requires school districts to prepare and implement policies that emphasize intervention strategies for chronically absent students. Significant changes have also been made with respect to student out-of-school suspensions. [More]