1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. October 10, 2011

    Unexpected Veto of Student Fee Legislation (AB 165) Should Not Result in Reduced Vigilance

    BY: Mark Bresee

    On Saturday, October 8, 2011 Governor Brown vetoed AB 165, the student fee legislation that would have codified existing student fee restrictions and authorizations, added student fee monitoring to the existing Williams settlement accountability and oversight processes, and resolved the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the state.  The veto was a surprise to most who […] more

  8. October 3, 2011

    Student Fee Legislation (AB 165) Highlights the Need for Districts to Examine Practices Now

    BY: Mark Bresee

    The implementation of the settlement of the ACLU’s student fee lawsuit has taken many unusual turns. The previous settlement is no longer in place, but the litigation has been put on hold pending the legislative process. AB 165, the legislation initially designed to implement the settlement, and which will still be the foundation for a […] more