1. August 1, 2017

    Apps to Watch as Kids Return to School

    BY: Cathie Fields, Amy Estrada

    As schools reopen for the new year, many students will arrive with smartphones in their pockets or backpacks, loaded with apps that can create headaches for parents, teachers, and administrators. Some apps, by design, allow kids to hide images and data, and even the existence of the apps themselves. Many apps cost nothing and require […] more

  2. April 3, 2017

    Statements on Public Social Media Can Be Protected Under SLAPP Laws

    BY: Amy Estrada, Cathie Fields

    California’s SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) laws are intended to prevent litigation filed for the improper purpose of censoring, intimidating, or silencing critics. (Code of Civil Procedure § 425.16.)  A defendant in a lawsuit that may improperly silence his speech may file an “anti-SLAPP” motion in the case, designed to be an efficient and […] more

  3. April 15, 2016

    Teacher Permanency, Termination, and Layoff Statutes Remain Intact After the Court of Appeal Rejects the Trial Judge’s Decision in Vergara v. State of California

    BY: Mark Bresee, Amy Estrada, Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza

    A decision was issued late yesterday by the Court of Appeal in a case that continues to highlight the political debate about the Education Code’s substantial protections for public school teachers.  Our firm reviewed the trial court’s decision in an Alert, saying the decision in favor of the plaintiffs was likely the first battle in […] more

  4. September 16, 2015

    New Legislation Restricts Residency Investigations, Expands Residency to Live-in Employment

    BY: Amy Estrada, Constance Taylor

    In August 2015, the governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1101, which as of January 1, 2016 will prohibit school districts from undertaking investigations regarding a student’s residency unless the governing board has adopted a policy establishing protocols and limitations on that investigation process. AB 1101 adds section 48204.2 to the Education Code and requires the […] more

  5. 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

  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. 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

  8. May 12, 2014

    Down with the Cap & Gown? Recent CDE Guidance Requires School Districts to Reconsider Options for Graduation Attire

    BY: Amy Estrada, Cathie Fields

    As adopted in 1879, the California Constitution includes a “free school guarantee”: “The Legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be kept up and supported in each district at least six months in every year, after the first year in which a school has been established.”  (Cal. […] more

  9. February 14, 2014

    California Law Now Requires Documentation from a Health Care Practitioner to Exempt Students from Vaccination Requirements

    BY: Mark Bresee, Amy Estrada

    In September 2012, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 2109, requiring additional documentation to exempt a student from vaccination requirements.  AB 2109 amended California Health & Safety Code section 120365, pertaining to immunization exceptions. The vaccinations required for California K-12 school admission are set forth in Health and Safety Code section 120325 et seq.  […] more

  10. August 16, 2013

    New Transgender Student Rights Law to Take Effect on January 1, 2014

    BY: Amy Estrada, Mark Bresee

    On August 12, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1266 into law. AB 1266 provides transgender students have a legal right to access sex-segregated facilities and activities consistent with their gender identity. The bill amends California Education Code section 221.5 to include, at subdivision (f): A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated […] more