Volume 79 (2018)
On the Constitutionality of Ohio’s “Down Syndrome Abortion Ban”
Like many laws impacting the rights of women in relation to reproduction, House Bill 214 (H.B. 214), Ohio’s “Down syndrome abortion ban,” raises profound personal, ethical, spiritual, and political questions—questions thattouch upon some of the most fundamental aspects of human existence and the human condition. These questions and their delicate nature deserve acknowledgement at the outset, both in themselves and as inquiries that deserve ventilation in the public sphere. What follows here, however, is something else. It is an engagement of an almost entirely different, though not wholly unrelated, sort: an effort that looks into how H.B. 214 conforms to the U.S. Constitution as that charter of government and civil and political rights now stands. Read Professor Spindleman’s full Article here.
STUDENT NOTES & ESSAYS
Strengthening Charter School Authorization Laws, in Ohio and Across the Country
This Note considers one of the few issues that does not live neatly on partisan lines: publicly attended, yet privately run charter schools. In this Note, drawing on her own experience as a teacher in a New York City charter school, Kasuboski seeks to understand how Ohio’s charter school laws currently function compared to the laws of other states, and proposes how Ohio’s laws can be improved. Some of these recommendations include better state control of charter school authorizers, defined separation of church and state, defined separation of control between an authorizer and a school, and reforming the school reporting system to both better identify failing schools and to better promote report card information to families. Read Kasuboski’s full Note here.