People

Cassandra R. Casto

Cassandra Casto has provided support to attorneys in the Education group for more than 17 years in areas such as school funding, labor and employment, and general education law.

Experience

  • School employee termination defense

    Obtained a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court of Ohio in a case involving a challenge by a non-teaching school employee who claimed the Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act by deliberating about the decision to terminate his employment in executive session. The Court rejected  the appellant’s argument that an employee’s “Loudermill” hearing rights could serve as a basis to demand that deliberations about his employment occur in public. This decision sets favorable precedent for districts and public bodies across the State of Ohio.

  • Misapplied school foundation funding

    Obtained a favorable decision in a $40 million lawsuit filed on behalf of three large metropolitan school districts against the Ohio Department of Education claiming that ODE misapplied the statutory school foundation funding formula to the detriment of the school districts.  

  • Calculation of state foundation funding

    Recovered $6 million in an action against the Ohio Department of Education in a matter involving the calculation of state foundation funding for public school systems. 

Education

  • Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Certified Paralegal
  • Capital University (B.A., English, summa cum laude, 1997)