Ohio School Law

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Our primary purpose in practicing school law is to help make sure that all of Ohio’s students have access to a quality education. We represent students, kindergarten through college. We also represent certain school employees (see below).

Student-related representation may include:

  • Student discipline, suspension, expulsion (and related hearings);
  • Student Code of Conduct hearings;
  • Student Academic Misconduct hearings;
  • Social media and bullying-related issues;
  • School pupil and staff technology use agreements;
  • Student speech under the 1st Amendment;
  • Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) issues (e.g. eligibility);
  • Student searches under the 4th Amendment;
  • Drug testing of students;
  • Students with disabilities (ADA and Ohio law);
  • Transgender student issues;
  • Administration of medication to students by school employees;
  • Review of athletic or field trip liability waivers;
  • School-related personal injury matters;
  • Home-schooled and charter-schooled student participation in public school extracurriculars;
  • Ohio Sunshine Law (Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act);
  • Student confidentiality issues under Ohio law and FERPA;
  • Public meeting and executive session compliance issues;
  • Federal and state court litigation;
  • Physical and psychological abuse by teachers or coaches.Read more about education attorneys Leslie Albeit and Mark Weiker.

Special education-related representation may include:

  • Special education meetings, mediation and hearings;
  • Due process hearings;
  • Review and negotiation of services included in an Individualized Education Program (IEP);
  • Obtaining an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE);
  • Review of Evaluation Team Reports (ETR) and Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE);
  • Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDR);
  • Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and behavior plans.Read more about special education attorney Emily Haynes.

In addition to students and parents, we also serve administrators, teachers and non-teaching school employees with employment-related issues. We also represent educators through licensure and disciplinary proceedings before the Ohio Department of Education. School employee representation may include:

  • School personnel issues (hiring, terminations, suspensions, discipline, etc.);
  • Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Charges;
  • Federal and state court litigation;
  • Social media issues;
  • Off-campus conduct;
  • Student confidentiality issues under Ohio law and FERPA;
  • Drug testing of school employees;
  • Title VII and Ohio Civil Rights Law – Employment Discrimination Issues
  • Employees with disabilities (ADA, Ohio law and reasonable accommodations);
  • Teacher and administrator licensure issues (with the Ohio Department of Education);
  • Substitute teaching licensure issues (with the Ohio Department of Education);
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues;
  • Ohio Sunshine Law (Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act).Read more about education attorneys Leslie Albeit and Mark Weiker.

We provide no charge issue assessments for parents, students and school employees.

Additional Information

What Exactly is School Law?

School Law Publications (open in new window)

Weiker, M., School Dress Codes Must Balance Student Control with Constitutional Rights, OSBA Law You Can Use (2015)

Weiker, M., Community Schools Operate Under Non-Profit Sponsorship, OSBA Law You Can Use (2015)

Weiker, M., The Basics on Public Schools in Ohio, OSBA Law You Can Use (2014)

Weiker, M., Public Schools Must Have Reasonable Suspicion to Test Students for Drugs and Alcohol, OSBA, Law You Can Use (2014)

Weiker, M., Private School Is Option for Ohio Students, OSBA, Law You Can Use (2014)

Weiker, M., Online Schools Operate Independently of School Districts in Ohio, OSBA, Law You Can Use (2013)

Weiker, M., Homeschooling Provides Alternative to Traditional Public Schools, OSBA, Law You Can Use (2014)

Weiker, M., What You Should Know Before Making a Public School Donation, OSBA, Law You Can Use (2013)

Weiker, M., Student Education Records are Protected Under FERPA and Ohio Law (2014)

Weiker, M., Joint Vocational Schools are Public in Ohio, OSBA Law You Can Use (2013)

Weiker, M., Law Balances Student Record Access and Privacy, OSBA Law You Can Use (2014)