Entries by Eric J. Johnson

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Ohio Expands Unemployment Benefits to Address Evolving COVID-19 Situation

March 16, 2020  Through Executive Order on March 15, 2020, Governor Michael DeWine announced an expansion of Ohio’s unemployment benefits to address the evolving COVID-19 situation.  Announced in conjunction with the state’s shutdown of bars and restaurants impacting hundreds of thousands of employees, the Governor’s Executive Order specifically addressed the following issues: Layoff Due to […]

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ODE Clarifies Teacher Evaluation Questions, But Complicated Decisions Remain

April 9, 2020  House Bill 197, which was meant to provide clarity to school districts on a range of issues due to school-building closures from the COVID-19 pandemic, resulted in more questions than answers. Specifically, those questions focused on OTES 1.0, OTES 2.0 and conducting teacher evaluations while school buildings are closed to students. On […]