1. July 17, 2017

    New California Law Requires Educational Institutions to Post Specific Title IX Information on Websites

    BY: Stephen McLoughlin, Eve Peek Fichtner

    Starting July 1, 2017, educational institutions in California subject to Title IX must ensure their websites include the specific Title IX information set forth in Education Code section 221.61.  This law applies to schools, charter schools, school districts and County Offices of Education.  The required Title IX information includes: 1) the name and contact information […] more

  2. June 2, 2017

    Coordinating with Local Law Enforcement to Address Sexual Violence and Comply with Title IX: The Key Features to Address when Negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding

    BY: Stephen McLoughlin, Eve Peek Fichtner, Marilou Mirkovich

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits sex discrimination by any educational institution that receives federal funds.  Sex discrimination under Title IX includes sexual violence such as rape and sexual assault.  In order to address sexual violence and comply with Title IX, the federal government suggests that education institutions coordinate with […] more

  3. 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

  4. April 16, 2014

    The State Allocation Board Releases Funds for Projects On the State’s Current Unfunded List

    BY: Hugh Lee, Stephen McLoughlin

    On April 7, 2014, the State Allocation Board (SAB) released priority funds totaling $372,200,000 for school districts that submitted requests during the current round of priority funding.  SAB designated this release for 105 projects in 43 school districts. In order to obtain funding apportioned to a specific project, school districts must submit a Fund Release […] more

  5. January 2, 2014

    New Law Provides Postsecondary Education Institutions Exceptions to the Competitive Bidding Requirements for Goods, Services, or Information Technology Contracts

    BY: Stephen McLoughlin, Hugh Lee, Bryce Chastain

    Under current law, postsecondary education institutions, including California Community Colleges, the University of California, and the California State University, are required to follow competitive bidding procedures to procure contracts for goods and services above a certain value.  With respect to California Community Colleges, Public Contract Code section 20651 requires competitive bidding for any contract involving […] more

  6. December 13, 2012

    Newly Implemented Office of Public School Construction Regulations Create a “Waiting List” for School Districts Applying for State Funding

    BY: Suparna Jain, Stephen McLoughlin, Hugh Lee

    The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC), recognizing that it will continue to receive funding applications from school districts after existing bond authority is no longer available for New Construction and Modernization applications, has implemented new regulations to deal with funding requests. Section 1859.95.1 in Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations establishes how […] more

  7. April 2, 2012

    Public Agencies Can Now Use Their Own Employees Through Force Accounts, or Hire Other Entities Through Negotiated Contracts or Purchase Orders for Construction Projects Under $45,000, if they Opt into the Uniform Cost Accounting Act

    BY: Hugh Lee, Stephen McLoughlin

    The Uniform Cost Accounting Act at Public Contract Code section 22000 et seq. (“UCAA”) allows participating agencies to avoid the formal bidding procedure for projects that fall under certain cost thresholds. The UCAA includes two thresholds: 1) the “Direct Hire Threshold” which allows public agencies to hire their own employees through a force account or […] more

  8. October 21, 2011

    New Funding Coming Up for Natural Gas Busing

    BY: Stephen McLoughlin, Hugh Lee

    Starting on January 1, 2012, local air quality management districts, aka air pollution control districts (“APCDs”), will have the ability to grant funds to school districts to help retrofit emission control equipment and replace natural gas tanks on school buses, as well as enhance school districts’ existing natural gas fueling stations.  These funds will come […] more