1. 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

  2. September 10, 2014

    Workplace Bullying Legislation Imposes New Training Requirements for Supervisors

    BY: Mary Beth de Goede, Peter Schaffert

    Almost all school districts have been faced with the problem of workplace bullying, but until recently workplace bullying has received little attention compared to bullying prevention efforts for minors and students.  Just as national attention on student and minor cyberbullying prompted legislation by many states, now workplace bullying is also receiving attention and has now […] more

  3. April 14, 2014

    Retroactive Pay Adjustments Require Declaration of “Indefinite” Compensation

    BY: Tony De Marco, Cathie Fields

    Article 11, Section 10 of the California Constitution prohibits public agencies from granting extra compensation to officers or employees after service has been rendered.  Employee salaries subject to collective bargaining are often not determined until later into the fiscal year. When an increase in employee salaries is negotiated during the school year, retroactive pay at […] more

  4. October 11, 2013

    Governor Signs AB 652 Restricting Reporting Requirements for Homeless and Unaccompanied Minors

    BY: Gerald A. Conradi, Mark Bresee

    On October 2, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 652 into to law which clarifies the reporting requirements under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.  Specifically the bill states, “the fact that a child is homeless or is classified as an unaccompanied minor…is not, in and of itself, a sufficient basis for reporting […] more

  5. August 15, 2012

    Senate Bill 1016 Places Charter Schools First in Priority for Notification and Acquisition of Certain Surplus Real Property

    BY: Andreas Chialtas, Lindsay Thorson, Constance Schwindt

    Existing law requires school districts that have declared property surplus and have passed a resolution of the intent to sell or lease the surplus property to first offer the property to certain entities specified in the Education Code and Government Code, such as cities, counties, recreation departments, special education or child care providers, depending on […] more

  6. August 6, 2012

    Denying a Request for an IEE Without Filing for Due Process

    BY: Adam Newman

    Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (“IDEA”), Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (“C.F.R.”) Section 300.502(b)(5), a student is entitled to an independent educational evaluation (“IEE”) at public expense when the public agency has conducted an evaluation with which the parent disagrees. The IDEA identifies two choices for a local education agency […] more

  7. July 18, 2012

    Trends In Student Discipline Reform May Increase Pressure On Schools

    BY: Bryan Martin, Chesley Quaide

    A number of bills pending in the California Legislature reflect action by student advocates to reform approaches to student discipline that many believe lack common sense and fairness. This push for “educational equity” and a more “thoughtful response to student misconduct” stems from studies indicating that exclusionary discipline is largely ineffective at increasing school safety […] more