Entries by Christina Henagen Peer


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 […]

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 […]

Supreme Court Declines to Review Transgender Restroom Policy of Pennsylvania School

On May 28, 2019, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a Pennsylvania school district’s policy allowing transgender students to use locker rooms and restrooms based on their gender identity. The Court declined this case without comment. In 2017, a Pennsylvania federal court upheld a Boyertown Area School District policy allowing transgender students to […]


Department of Labor: Employees Can Use FMLA to Attend IEP Meetings

On August 8, 2019, the Department of Labor released an opinion clarifying that attending an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting constitutes a reason for intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, an eligible employee of a covered employer may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per […]

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Ohio Department of Education Issues COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Document for Ohio School Districts

March 16, 2020  On March 14, 2020, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document designed to “help school and district leaders think through important local-level decisions.”  The FAQ document indicates it was developed in partnership with Ohio’s education associations as well as some of Ohio’s most trusted and innovative […]