1. September 3, 2015

    AB 215 Affects Superintendent Employment Contracts as of January 1, 2016

    BY: Cathie Fields

    On September 2, 2015, the Governor signed Assembly Bill 215, which imposes new requirements on school superintendents’ employment contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2016. Current law requires all employment contracts between an employee and a local agency employer (such as a school district) to include a limitation on the amount of a […] more

  2. August 25, 2015

    Department of Justice Accelerates Expectations for Website Accessibility

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields

    As discussed in our May 29, 2015 entry, “Website Accessibility Under the ADA,” the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in the absence of regulations, recognized certain industry principles as guiding public accommodations when making websites accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Relying on such guidelines, businesses and public agencies reasonably believed providing website […] more

  3. August 19, 2015

    No New Laws to Guide Teacher Evaluation Process Negotiations for the 2015-2016 School Year

    BY: A. Christopher Duran, Todd Goluba

    During the 2015-2016 school year, many school districts will be studying changes to their teacher evaluation instruments and proposing changes to teacher evaluation procedures at the bargaining table.  High profile litigation filed recently in Contra Costa County, alleging unlawful collective bargaining agreement language in thirteen districts across the state, has highlighted the issue during the […] more

  4. August 17, 2015

    Title IX and Local Law Enforcement Coordination: The State’s Template Memorandum of Understanding Attempts to Help California Colleges Coordinate Their Title IX Compliance Efforts with Local Law Enforcement

    BY: Lisa Allred, Aaron O'Donnell, Stephen McLoughlin

    One of the most difficult areas of Title IX compliance is coordinating Title IX investigations with local law enforcement agencies.  If coordination is handled correctly, local law enforcement can provide vital assistance to colleges in their efforts to comply with Title IX, and the Clery Act by sharing information and resources.  However, violations of Title […] more

  5. July 27, 2015

    California Legislature Eliminates Personal Belief Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations for Students (SB 277)

    BY: Carolyn L. Gemma, Scot Yarnell

    Current law requires that school age children receive vaccines for certain infectious diseases before admission to a public or private school or day care, unless an exemption applies. “Day care” includes child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home or development center.  In certain circumstances, students may be conditionally admitted, after which […] more

  6. July 10, 2015

    Summer Jobs for Students Require Work Permits Issued by the School District

    BY: Anna J. Miller, Todd Goluba

    Summer is here, meaning some of your students will be taking on summer jobs. Although school may not be in session, all minors under 18 years of age (except in limited circumstances) must still have a permit to work. (Educ. Code § 49160, Labor Code § 1299.) Work permits are issued for employment at a […] more

  7. July 7, 2015

    Drones: Coming to a School Near You

    BY: Bryan Martin, Todd Goluba

    Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird!  It’s a plane! No…it’s an unmanned aerial device!  No longer the stuff of science fiction, we hear nearly every day about new stories in the media involving unmanned aerial devices – aka drones: La Guardia-Bound Jet Has Close Call with Drone (May 29, 2015, NBCNEWYORK.com) Dallas Cowboys […] more

  8. June 9, 2015

    Gearing up for Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training under AB 1432

    BY: Gilbert Castro, Cathie Fields, Amy Estrada

    As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close, many school districts are planning their training and professional development calendars for 2015-2016. One new requirement is mandatory Child Abuse Reporting and Detection training. Assembly Bill 1432 became law on January 1, 2015 and requires all local educational agencies — school districts, county offices of education, […] more

  9. June 5, 2015

    EEOC Goes Digital

    BY: Cathie Fields, Jabari Willis

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 6 a pilot program to digitally transmit documents related to employment discrimination charges. The program, called ACT Digital, will roll out in 11 of EEOC’s 53 offices by the end of this month. Only one of the pilot program locations, EEOC’s San Francisco office, is in […] more

  10. June 3, 2015

    School Districts Must Pursue Specific Measures When Transitioning Students of Active Duty Military

    BY: Kevin Fannan, Cathie Fields

    California is home to over 150,000 active duty military personnel in more than 30 military bases from all branches of the armed forces. In some regions, such as San Diego, entire neighborhoods and local school boundary areas consist primarily of military families. Research indicates military families transfer duty stations, on average, once every three years, […] more