Posted in: Student Issues


Walter | Haverfield Expands Columbus Office, Grows its Education Team

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As one of the few full-service law firms in Ohio with a dedicated education law practice, Walter | Haverfield is proudly adding two new attorneys to its team in the firm’s Columbus office. Both attorneys will serve an increasing client…

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

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  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…

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

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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…

#MeToo 101: What districts need to know about the #MeToo movement in schools

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The #MeToo movement has exposed rampant sexual harassment across the country in a wide range of industries. Yet, we've heard little about the movement in our schools, until recently. While often underreported, statistics of student-to-student…

Ohio’s Anti-Hazing Law: A Call to Action for School Districts

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  It was the night of February 2, 2017 - a night that ended in tragedy for Tim Piazza. And it all started with alcohol at a Pennsylvania State University fraternity where Piazza was a pledge. Two days later, after prosecutors…

Religion in the classroom

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  In an article published by the Ohio School Boards Association, in its October 2017 issue of School Management News, Miriam Pearlmutter asserted that school districts attempting to resolve religious conflicts should consider…

Office for Civil Rights Rescinds Previous Guidance on Sexual Violence Investigations

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  In another controversial move, the Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") rescinded its previous guidance on sexual violence investigations. In 2011, OCR issued a "Dear Colleague" letter, requiring universities and school districts…

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

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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…

Evolving educational law calls for counsel

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In an article written by Douglas J. Guth and published online by Crain's Cleveland Business on July 22, 2017, Christina H. Peer described Walter | Haverfield's role in assisting school districts as they attempt to serve special needs studen…

Ohio Legislature Alters Law on Truancy and Student Discipline

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By Christine T. Cossler and Christina H. Peer.andnbsp; 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…

New "Class Act: Updates in Education Law" Podcast to Help School Districts Manage Emerging, Challenging Issues

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Educational podcast provides insights on latest court cases and helps guide school superintendents and administrators through quickly changing regulatory landscape To help school districts stay abreast of the latest court decisions and agency…

Episode Four: Religion and Schools: Part One

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In this episode, Miriam and Lisa tackle a sometimes-thorny issue: students' religious rights and how the First Amendment sometimes collides with school policies and practice. Learn about the law and enjoy a plethora of fascinating cases from…

Episode Three: Transgender Issues in Public Schools

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Class Act: Updates in Education Law tackles a fascinating and controversial topic: What does the federal government require of school districts serving transgender students and how did we get here? Lisa and Miriam summarize recent regulations…

Episode Two: Pending Before the Court, Part Two

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In the second part of our Supreme Court term preview, we explore Endrew F. v. Douglas County Schools, a case that addresses the most fundamental question in special education today: What level of education does a school district have to provide…

Episode One: Pending Before the Court, Part One

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In our inaugural episode we talk about Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, an education law case pending before the Supreme Court this term. What is the difference between IDEA and Section 504? What remedies are available to parents under these…

United States Supreme Court Creates New Standard for Provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education

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On March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court, in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, created a new standard for determining whether a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education…

Supreme Court Allows Parents to Avoid IDEIA Administrative Process for Section 504 Claims

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In last week's high-profile decision, the Supreme Court permitted parents to skip the due process complaint procedures if their claims relate primarily to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Section 504"), rather than the Individuals…

Trump Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance

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The Trump Administration made a significant move Wednesday night in the national debate regarding transgender students' rights by withdrawing previously issued guidance from the United States Department of Education ("DOE") and Department of…

Bullying and School Safety Legal Update

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On February 28, 2017, Miriam M. Pearlmutter will present a Bullying and School Safety Legal Update at the Summit County Educational Service Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

SPED Legal Update

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Christina Henagen Peer will be providing a SPED Legal Update on January 24, 2017, at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, in Canfield, Ohio.

Transgender Issues

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On January 12, 2017, Christine T. Cossler gave a presentation on Transgender Issues at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, in Independence, Ohio.

The Sixth Circuit Steps into the Transgender Debate By Affirming The Highland Local Decision

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The ongoing debate regarding the responsibilities of public school districts with respect to transgender students has continued to be fueled by a new decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. On December 15, 2016,…

Transgender Student Case Makes Its Way To The United States Supreme Court

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The national debate regarding transgender students' rights and the obligations of school districts has developed rapidly this year. Courts across the country, including in Ohio, have issued varied decisions on these issues and the United States…

The Degree of "Educational Benefit" Required for a Free Appropriate Public Education: United States Supreme Court to Settle the Debate

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By Christina Peer and Lisa H. WoloszynekUnder the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), public schools must provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. The degree of "educational…