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 […]