1. January 3, 2017

    New California Law Seeks to Protect Student-Athletes From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    BY: A. Christopher Duran, Todd Goluba

    With studies now showing that “sudden cardiac arrest” is one of the leading causes of death for young people under the age of 25 and student-athletes at a greater risk due to more frequent physical exertion, school districts have been looking for ways to protect student-athletes from physical harm and to reduce potential legal liability.  […] more

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. March 18, 2014

    New Bill Would Improve Teacher Dismissal Procedures and Widen Scope of Conduct That Can Be Charged

    BY: A. Christopher Duran, Chesley Quaide

    State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), with the support of the California School Boards Association (“CSBA”), has drafted a bill that would streamline the teacher dismissal process and specify additional types of conduct that can be charged by school districts. Senate Bill 843 would also make teacher dismissal procedures fairer for school districts, make it […] more

  5. August 15, 2013

    Frivolous Public Records Act Lawsuits May Entitle District to Attorneys’ Fees

    BY: Chesley Quaide, A. Christopher Duran, Peter Schaffert

    Recently the Third District Court of Appeal decided Crews v. Willows Unified School District, concerning a newspaperman’s appeal from an award of sanctions against him in the form of the school district’s attorneys’ fees for his filing a frivolous California Public Records Act lawsuit against the District.  Although the decision of the Court of Appeal […] more

  6. October 2, 2012

    New Statutory Requirements for Handling of Student-Athlete Concussions

    BY: A. Christopher Duran, Mary Beth de Goede

    With studies showing that concussion injuries put athletes at immediate risk for traumatic brain injuries and increased long-term cumulative risks for early onset dementia, clinical depression, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, school districts are looking to protect their student-athletes from physical harm and themselves from exposure to legal liability for that harm.  Recent California legislation […] more