Entries by Miriam M. Pearlmutter

Profiles: Miriam Pearlmutter / Walter Haverfield LLP

  Fueled by her love of podcasts and her passion for education law, Walter | Haverfield attorney Miriam Pearlmutter started her own podcast for school administrators and teachers. Her colleague, Lisa Woloszynek joined in as her co-host. Cleveland Jewish News recently took notice, profiling Miriam and her increasingly popular podcast, Class Act: Updates in Education […]

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Responding to parent requests for video footage in light of federal student privacy laws

The Family Policy Compliance Office (“FPCO”) now offers school districts a tentative framework for responding to parents’ requests for videos. Often such footage – a security video of a cafeteria fight, for example – includes images of multiple students, which may all be individually protected by FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. For […]

Changes to Ohio Teacher Evaluation System

Senate Bill 216, recently signed into law, requires the Ohio Department of Education to revise the current framework for teacher and administrator evaluations, adopting a new version by May 2020. The revised framework will: Be subject to at least one public hearing Eliminate the former requirement that student academic growth count for half of each […]

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Images Captured by School Resource Officers’ Body Cameras Now Exempt from Public Records Response

Ohio House Bill 425, which took effect April 2019, exempts images of students captured on a resource officer’s body camera from disclosure in response to a public records request. Some Peace Officers – including School Resource Officers (“SROs”) – wear body cameras, which occasionally capture images of children. The statute clarifies that images of children […]

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Student Attendance During Remote Learning for the 2020-2021 School Year

July 17, 2020  To assist school districts in developing remote learning plans for the 2020-2021 school year, the Ohio Department of Education recently released guidance addressing student attendance during remote learning activities. At the outset, ODE urges school districts to maintain student and parent contact information, learn about families’ digital access, and build collaboration and […]

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Federal District Court Dismisses Class Action Against All U.S. School Districts

November 18, 2020 A New York federal district court recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging every school district in the country conspired to deny services to special education students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The court concluded it lacked authority to consider claims about districts outside of New York, and even claims subject to review […]

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FAQ: School Districts and the Coronavirus Vaccine

January 13, 2021  As COVID-19 vaccines become more available, Ohio school districts will need to decide whether to implement mandatory immunization requirements for employees. Governor DeWine has prioritized school staff to begin receiving the vaccine as early as February 1, 2021, provided superintendents agree to in-person or hybrid attendance for students. Making this determination requires […]