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. 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

  3. 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

  4. April 26, 2017

    Avoid Being Monetarily Fried by Fry

    BY: Adam Newman, Gabrielle Ortiz

    In the past, the IDEA’s exhaustion requirement has been applied in various parts of the United States to routinely bar lawsuits for injunctive relieve and/or money damages against school districts and their employees for violations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), when administrative […] more

  5. February 2, 2017

    School District Day Care Center and Preschool Staff May Have to Abide by New Vaccination Requirements

    BY: Michael Cullen, Todd Goluba, Elizabeth Rho-Ng

    Senate Bill 792 (“SB 792”), which went into effect on September 1, 2016, requires employees and volunteers of day care centers (including preschools) licensed by the California Department of Social Services (“CDSS”) to be vaccinated for influenza, pertussis, and measles. The author of SB 792, Senator Mendoza, captured the legislative intent of the bill in […] more

  6. January 30, 2017

    New Schoolbus Safety Requirements Include Child-Alert Technology

    BY: Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza, Cathie Fields

    Senate Bill 1072, approved by the Governor in September 2016, brings to fruition efforts to guard against students being left unattended on a schoolbus. (Statutes of 2016, ch. 721.) By the 2018-2019 school year, schoolbuses and other qualifying vehicles must be equipped with an alarm system that essentially forces bus drivers to check the bus […] more

  7. January 27, 2017

    Obama Administration’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault Releases Guide for Universities and Colleges in Preventing and Addressing Campus Sexual Misconduct

    BY: Anna J. Miller, Sharon Ormond

    In early January 2017, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, established under the Obama Administration in 2014, released “Preventing and Addressing Campus Sexual Misconduct: A Guide for University and College Presidents, Chancellors, and Senior Administrators.” The Guide, which is available online (click here), offers insight and practical recommendations in six […] more

  8. 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

  9. July 14, 2016

    School Districts and Colleges Can Regulate Possession of Weapons on Campus

    BY: Daphne B. Hall, Alan Atlas, Cathie Fields, Georgelle Cuevas

    California’s Gun-Free School Zone Act (Penal Code section 626.9) makes possessing a firearm in a school zone punishable as a crime.  Criminal liability attaches unless the individual (1) has obtained the permission of the school district superintendent or equivalent school authority to carry a firearm or (2) falls within the exemptions under the statute. The […] more

  10. June 14, 2016

    Newly-Unveiled Office for Civil Rights Data Shows Persistent Gaps in Educational Equity

    BY: Peter Denno, Todd Goluba

    On June 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provided the public with a “First Look” at the data gathered during its biennial Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2013-2014 school year. In its accompanying press release, OCR highlighted data points that reveal persistent disparities in educational equity and […] more