1. November 1, 2011

    Community College and University Auxiliary Organizations Must Make Their Records Open to the Public

    BY: Aaron O'Donnell, Sharon Ormond, Cathie Fields

    Effective January 1, 2012, SB 8 amends the higher-education provisions of the Education Code (72690 et seq.; 89913 et seq.; and 92950 et seq.) to require auxiliary organizations of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California to comply with disclosure provisions essentially similar to the California Public Records Act, […] more

  2. October 25, 2011

    Union Requests for Information: Has the Law Changed?

    BY: Cathie Fields, Marleen Sacks

    Recently, our clients have been getting bombarded with requests from local unions for information related to pending disciplinary cases and grievances, with the unions claiming that the information is “necessary and relevant” to the representation of their members.  No doubt this recent uptick in such requests is due the June 30, 2011 PERB decision in […] more

  3. October 24, 2011

    Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act Bid Threshold Increases

    BY: Anthony Niccoli, Hugh Lee

    For those school and community college districts (and other public agencies) that have opted into the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (“UCAA”), at Public Contract Code Section 22000 et seq., your flexibility just increased.  Back on July 1, 2011, Assembly Bill 943 increased the formal bidding threshold amount for public agencies that have […] more

  4. October 21, 2011

    Recent Sale of Bonds Yields Needed Funds for School Facility Program Projects

    BY: Bryce Chastain, Hugh Lee

    The Office of Public School Construction (“OPSC”) recently announced that the State successfully sold bonds on October 19th yielding “approximately $1 billion for School Facility Program projects.”  OPSC expects the State Allocation Board (“SAB”) to include disbursement of the available funds “to projects on the unfunded list with valid priority funding certifications” on its December 2011 agenda.  […] more

  5. 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

  6. October 19, 2011

    Victims of Bullying May be Given Priority or Additional Consideration for Interdistrict Transfers

    BY: Jabari Willis, Mark Bresee

    On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 1156.  The law, similar to AB 9 (also approved by Governor Brown on October 9, 2011, and about which we previously reported), is an anti-bullying measure aimed at giving victims of bullying priority or special consideration for interdistrict transfers.  The law amends Sections 32261 (Interagency School Safety […] more

  7. October 18, 2011

    Disability Related Bullying or Not? Knowing the Difference but Responding to Both

    BY: Adam Newman

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month and recent media coverage of “mean girls and boys” and the reported influx of bullying through social networking have brought the reality of bullying to the doorstep of America’s schools, causing many state and local educational agencies to develop policies to address and prevent bullying of students.  It is […] more

  8. October 17, 2011

    School Districts Required to Include Bullying as Part of Harassment and Discrimination Policies

    BY: Jabari Willis, Mark Bresee

    On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 9, also known as Seth’s Law.  The law is an anti-bullying measure aimed at giving public schools tools to prevent and address bullying through mandatory policies and systems to help discourage harassment, track incidents when they do occur and create a safe school environment for all students.  […] more

  9. October 11, 2011

    Department Of Industrial Relations Discontinues Third Party Labor Compliance Program Approvals

    BY: Hugh Lee, Bryce Chastain

    Recently, the Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) announced that, effective September 1, 2011, it “discontinue[d] separate approval of third party LCPs.”  A third party LCP is a DIR-approved provider of labor compliance services that provides those services, by contract, to an awarding body.  DIR is, in their own words, “ending the existing approval of private […] more

  10. October 11, 2011

    Community College Auxiliary Organizations, Educational Agency JPAs Now Subject to EERA

    BY: Aaron O'Donnell, Joshua Morrison

    On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown announced the signing of AB 501, subjecting community college auxiliary organizations and joint powers agencies comprised of educational agencies to the Educational Employment Relations Act (“EERA”).  These entities will now have the same obligations as school and community college districts and county offices of education in matters of labor […] more