1. 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

  2. August 20, 2014

    Recent Court of Appeals Decision Suggests a Stop Notice Served Before a Notice of Completion or Notice of Cessation is Recorded is Premature and thus Ineffectual

    BY: Suparna Jain, Joseph Rossini, Hugh Lee

    Recently, the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division Two, issued its decision in Golden State Boring & Pipe Jacking, Inc. v. Eastern Municipal Water District, Safeco Insurance Company (2014 WL 3615942) with important implications regarding, among other things, when a stop notice may be deemed premature and ineffectual. The Eastern Municipal Water District (“EMWD”) […] more

  3. August 18, 2014

    AB 1606 Extends Community College Employee Leaves of Absence for New Parents

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields, Sharon Ormond

    On June 25, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1606 into law, which extends leave provisions for community college district (CCD) employees within the first year of an infant’s birth or legal adoption.  In a press release, Rocky Chávez, Assembly Member and the Bill’s sponsor, stated: Providing paid leave to our families is critical to strengthening the bond […] more

  4. August 13, 2014

    Recent U.S. Supreme Court Cell Phone Search Decisions do not Change the Standard for School District Searches, But Emphasize Cell Phone Privacy

    BY: Chesley Quaide

    Recently the U.S. Supreme Court found that the exemptions for warrantless searches of arrestees for weapons or evidence, justified by the need for officer safety and to prevent destruction of evidence, did not apply to searching electronic data on a cell phone.  The Court unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search cellphones of […] more

  5. August 12, 2014

    How Do You Verify Age and Residency? Recent DOJ/OCR Guidance Reminds Districts Not to Discourage Student Enrollment or Exclude Students based on Citizenship or Immigration Status

    BY: Peter Denno, Chesley Quaide

    In the landmark case of Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), the United States Supreme Court held that a state may not deny access to a basic, free public education to a child because that child is undocumented.  In addition, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title 42, United States Code, […] more

  6. August 6, 2014

    A Shortened School Day May Heighten the Risk for Disability Discrimination Claims

    BY: Jennifer Baldassari, Adam Newman, Karen Gilyard

    The California Education Code establishes the length of minimum school days for students based on grade levels. The minimum school day for students grades four through twelve is two-hundred and forty (240) minutes or four hours per school day.  Whereas, the minimum school day for grades one through three is two-hundred and thirty (230) minutes […] more

  7. August 4, 2014

    California’s New “Eraser Law” Takes Effect January 1, 2015

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

    Ever wish you could delete that embarrassing picture you posted to Facebook from cyberspace…permanently? California’s new “Eraser Law” gives California minors the ability to do just that. Well, except, maybe not permanently. Senate Bill 568, approved by the Governor on September 23, 2013 and codified as California Business & Professions Code section 22580 et seq., […] more

  8. July 31, 2014

    Case Pending Before California Supreme Court Could Drastically Impact School District Employee Evaluations

    BY: Chesley Quaide

    On February 26, 2014, the California Supreme Court granted a petition to review the recent Court of Appeal decision of Poole v. Orange County Fire Authority (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 155. In Poole, a firefighter relying on the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act convinced a California Court of Appeal to order an employer to strike […] more

  9. July 28, 2014

    AB 2127 Limits Full-Contact Football Practices to Reduce Concussions and Head Injuries

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Tony DeMarco

    On July 21, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown announced he signed AB 2127 into law, adding Education Code section 35179.5 and amending section 49475 to limit full-contact football practices at the middle school and high school levels. Under AB 2127, which takes effect January 1, 2015, drills involving game speed tackling are prohibited in the off-season and are limited to 90 minute […] more

  10. July 23, 2014

    Two Appellate Decisions Suggest Major Battle Brewing for the Affordable Care Act

    BY: Todd M. Robbins, Tony DeMarco

    On July 22, 2014, two opinions concerning the Affordable Care Act were issued from two different United States Circuit Courts of Appeals. Both opinions analyzed the same lawsuit filed in two different courts. Both opinions reached conclusions that were diametrically opposed to one another. The first opinion, Halbig v. Burwell, which was decided by a […] more

Upcoming AALRR Events

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

November 18, 2014: Stockton, CA