1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. January 15, 2015

    Public Agencies May Withdraw Retained Funds Held in Escrow for a Construction Project Following a Contractor’s Default without Judicial Determination

    BY: Jonathan Vick, Hugh Lee, Spencer Wampole

    In a recent decision, Pittsburg Unified School District v. S.J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc. (December 22, 2014), the California Court of Appeal affirmed that public agencies have the right to unilaterally declare a default under a construction contract and demand a distribution of securities retained by escrow.  The Court based its decision on Public Contract […] more

  5. January 5, 2015

    Student Data May Become an Asset in Bankruptcy Proceedings

    BY: Lindsay Thorson, Cathie Fields

    ConnectEDU, a college and career advising startup that holds the personal information of millions of students, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2014. ConnectEDU developed college- and career-planning sites where students could create personal profiles. As a result, ConnectEDU held a considerable amount of personally identifiable information including students’ names, dates of birth, email addresses […] more

  6. December 30, 2014

    New Sick Leave Poster Required by January 1, 2015

    BY: Todd M. Robbins, Kevin Dale, Cathie Fields

    The California Labor Commissioner has posted a template sick leave poster pursuant to the new sick leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Family Act of 2014. As explained in our September 17, 2014 post, the new law applies to employees who work at least 30 hours per calendar year and are not provided with sick […] more

  7. December 18, 2014

    Governor Brown Veto of AB 1550 Preserves Employer Option to Unilaterally Implement its Last, Best, and Final Offer After Impasse

    BY: Mark Bresee, Jessica Armijo

    Recently Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 1550, which would have added 30 days to the already rigorous impasse procedures under the Educational Employee Relations Act (Government Code §§ 3540, et. seq.; “EERA”) impairing the ability of public employers to unilaterally implement a last, best, and final offer after completion of the statutory impasse process. EERA […] more

  8. December 15, 2014

    Public Entities Can Limit Exposure to Monetary Claims by Modifying Board Policies

    BY: A. Christopher Duran, Cathie Fields

    In these strained economic times, where governmental budgets can be stretched to their limits, public entities are often faced with unexpected financial exposure to claims and litigation.  Public entities can limit the scope of their exposure to monetary claims by simply adopting policies that shorten the time for presenting claims to a fraction of what […] more

  9. December 5, 2014

    Funding Educational Technology Through the Use of Ed-Tech Bonds

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields

    California has adopted the Smarter Balanced Assessment System designed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, an organization formed to create assessments aligned to the Common Core academic content standards. This transition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative was initiated by Assembly Bill 484, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 2, 2013. The Smarter […] more

  10. December 1, 2014

    School Sports and Interscholastic Programs in Full Swing: Recognizing when Section 504 Applies

    BY: Jennifer Baldassari, Karen Gilyard

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), through its implementing regulations in Subpart D, requires that students with disabilities have the opportunity to equally participate in extracurricular activities, including afterschool sports and interscholastic programs. The Section 504 regulations specifically outline a school district’s obligation to provide extracurricular activities in “such a manner […] more