1. November 21, 2014

    Bullying & Harassment in Special Education

    BY: Adam Newman, Kristin Myers

    School districts (and county offices of education and charter schools) can be liable for failing to address the bullying or harassment of a student with a disability.  Are you properly addressing and responding to complaints of bullying and harassment? Bullying and Harassment Defined Bullying is defined as aggression used within a relationship where the aggressor […] more

  2. November 19, 2014

    New Legislation Protects Student Data from Misuse by Third Parties

    BY: Cathie Fields, Jessica Armijo

    On September 29, 2014, Governor Brown approved a series of bills to protect against misuse or unauthorized release of students’ personal information. Assembly Bills 1442 and 1584 add privacy requirements to the Education Code for school districts using a program or third-party provider to gather or store personal student information. Senate Bill 1177 adds restrictions […] more

  3. October 3, 2014

    Clarification ~ Mandatory Prequalification Requirements Now Apply to Lease-Leaseback Agreements

    BY: Martin A. Hom, Hugh Lee

    The new law becomes operative on January 1, 2015.  Therefore, any lease leaseback project that is awarded after January 1, 2015, involves a projected expenditure of $1,000,000 or more, and uses any money from the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 or any future state school construction bond must comply with the mandatory […] more

  4. October 2, 2014

    Mandatory Prequalification Requirements Now Apply to Lease-Leaseback Agreements

    BY: Martin A. Hom, Hugh Lee

    On September 18, 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1581 which amended Education Code sections 17406 and 17407 (the lease leaseback statutes) to expressly provide that the mandatory prequalification requirements apply to the lease-leaseback delivery projects.  The mandatory prequalification requirements set forth in the new Public Contract Code section 20111.6 apply to any school district public […] more

  5. September 15, 2014

    How Should School Employers Respond to Employees Who Engage in Misconduct that Could Indicate a Mental Problem?

    BY: Marleen Sacks, Tony DeMarco

    On September 2, 2014, a California appellate court upheld an order requiring a college math professor to undergo a “fitness for duty examination” (“FFD”) based on behavior that his colleagues considered erratic and threatening in nature.  The court also rebuffed the efforts of the professor’s attorneys to interject themselves into the workplace dispute by placing […] more

  6. September 10, 2014

    Workplace Bullying Legislation Imposes New Training Requirements for Supervisors

    BY: Mary Beth de Goede, Peter Schaffert

    Almost all school districts have been faced with the problem of workplace bullying, but until recently workplace bullying has received little attention compared to bullying prevention efforts for minors and students.  Just as national attention on student and minor cyberbullying prompted legislation by many states, now workplace bullying is also receiving attention and has now […] more

  7. September 2, 2014

    Parents Must Yield Some Control Over Assessments

    BY: Joanne Kim, Adam Newman, Karen Gilyard

    Assessments are one of the primary vehicles by which IEP teams better understand the unique educational needs of special education students.  There are times, however, when a school district’s efforts are frustrated before testing even begins.  Luckily, two recent cases, one decided before the California Office of Administrative Hearing (OAH) and a second decided by […] more

  8. August 29, 2014

    Operators of Web-based Services Now Have a Heightened Burden When Marketing to Minors

    BY: Carolyn L. Gemma, Scott J. Sachs, Cathie Fields

    Under current law, an operator of a commercial Web site, online service, online application, or mobile applications that knows its service is being used by or directed to minors is required to: (1) make its privacy policy available to consumers; (2) notify consumers of the personal information it is collecting from them; (3) disclose the […] more

  9. August 25, 2014

    Pumping: Teacher Requests to Express Breastmilk During the School Day

    BY: Anna J. Miller, Chesley Quaide

    Have you ever had a request from a teacher to express milk during the school day?  The percentage of mothers breastfeeding is on the rise in the United States, meaning the likelihood of receiving such a request is likely to increase.  District employees, including teachers, are entitled to break time to express their breast milk […] more

  10. August 21, 2014

    Los Angeles Unified to Ease Policing Stance

    BY: Alan Atlas

    As reported by the Los Angeles Times, on Tuesday, April 19, 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District unveiled groundbreaking news by stating school police will no longer cite students for minor offenses such as fighting and petty theft. Rather, students will be referred to counseling and other programs. According to School Police Chief Steven […] more


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Save the Date for the 2014 Education Law Conference

The dates have been announced for the 2014 Education Law Conference. Mark your calendar today and look for the invitation to arrive soon.

November 13, 2014: Cerritos, CA

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