1. May 26, 2015

    What It Really Means To Be a “Frivolous Claim” for Purposes of Fee-Shifting

    BY: Joanne Kim, Karen Gilyard

    A case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, C.W. v. Capistrano Unified School District, was decided on March 2, 2015 and involved the review of a district court’s award of attorney’s fees to a California school district upon a finding that the claims therein were frivolous, unreasonable, and without foundation. The IDEA provides […] more

  2. May 21, 2015

    BACK TO BASICS: What’s In A Name?

    BY: Scot Yarnell

    I am often surprised that many educators are not familiar with the significance of their school district’s name.  School district names are often shortened due to convenience, or lack of awareness, even in formal communications.  While brevity for convenience is appropriate in some circumstances, we think it is also important to recognize that school district […] more

  3. May 7, 2015

    Understanding the Updated FCC E-Rate Program Requirements

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields

    The Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries (known as the “E-rate program”) is the government’s largest educational technology program and is implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The E-rate program helps eligible schools obtain affordable broadband (internet connection). In July and December 2014, the FCC adopted E-rate Modernization Orders. Based on data gathered […] more

  4. April 16, 2015

    Assembly Bill 219 – Seeking to Expand Definition of “Public Work” to Include Delivery of Ready-Mix Concrete

    BY: Suparna Jain, Bryce Chastain, Hugh Lee

    Newly introduced AB 219 seeks to amend Labor Code section 1720.3, relating to the definition of “public works.”  Existing law defines “public works,” for purposes of requirements regarding the payment of prevailing wages for public works projects, to include, among other things, the hauling of refuse from a public works site to an outside disposal […] more

  5. April 3, 2015

    Holding Educational Employees Accountable for Responsible Use of Social Media

    BY: Stephanie White, Todd Goluba

    The use of social media by teachers and other school employees can have positive effects on the educational environment.  For example, social media can promote collaboration among teachers, and can provide an effective means of communication between teachers and parents.  However, educational employers have also found that access to social media during the workday can […] more

  6. March 9, 2015

    To Post or Not to Post? YouTube Issues Part 2

    BY: Amy Estrada, Cathie Fields

    Despite YouTube’s Popularity with School-Age Youth, Teachers Should Think Twice Before Asking Students to Upload Class Projects to YouTube In a previous post, we discussed some of the legal issues associated with students uploading coursework on YouTube. This EdLawConnect entry continues that discussion. Bullying-Related Concerns Perhaps the most salient concern with students uploading their own […] more

  7. March 6, 2015

    Governor Brown Places the Fate of the “California Education for a Global Economy Initiative” in the Hands of Voters

    BY: Elizabeth Zamora-Mejia, Jessica Armijo

    On September 28, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1174 (Lara), which will give voters an opportunity to rescind much of Proposition 227 (Prop 227), the 1998 initiative that replaced bilingual education with English immersion classes.  If passed, the new law will enable California’s public schools to provide multilingual instruction, granting more students access […] more

  8. February 23, 2015

    To Post or Not to Post? YouTube Issues, Part 1

    BY: Amy Estrada, Cathie Fields

    Despite YouTube’s Popularity with School-Age Youth, Teachers Should Think Twice Before Asking Students to Upload Class Projects to YouTube Several studies have reported that YouTube is the most popular social media site among teenagers. Some studies and articles report teens and “tweens” prefer YouTube to both traditional television and other social networking sites. In light […] more

  9. February 4, 2015

    Unvaccinated Students May Be Subject to Exclusion from School Based on Measles Exposure

    BY: Peter Denno, Todd Goluba

    The current measles outbreak in Southern California has underscored the importance of schools maintaining current and complete lists of students with immunization exemptions on file. As we discussed in a previous blog post, California law permits parents or guardians to exempt their children from immunizations required for school admission by completing and filing the California […] more

  10. January 27, 2015

    Electronic Signatures Must Be Properly Authenticated

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields

    Last month a California Court of Appeal held that while electronic signatures are valid on employment arbitration agreements in California, if an employee disputes an electronic signature, the employer bears the burden of proving the employee electronically signed the document. (Ruiz v. Moss Brothers Auto Group (2014) 2014 WL 7335221.) This decision can guide K-12 […] more