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Proposition 39 (“Prop. 39”) was passed by California voters to ensure that all public school students, including those attending charter schools, share equally in district facilities. Every year, charter schools throughout California request public school facilities...
On September 23, California’s Governor Newsom signed AB 167.
Governor Signs Bill to Revise Brown Act’s Remote Meeting Requirements New Provisions Take Effect October 1.
Governor Newsom signed AB 361, a bill that revises the requirements for charter school boards conducting teleconference meetings from now through January 1, 2024, provided that a State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor and charter school boards make...
Legislature Adopts AB 167 to “Clean Up” Independent Study Requirements and the Emergency Apportionment Provisions
On September 9, the California Legislature adopted AB 167, a bill aimed at cleaning up the independent study and emergency apportionment provisions of AB 130 which was adopted in July. AB 167 also cleans up other areas, including extending the timeline for grade change requests pursuant to AB 104, adopted earlier this year. It is anticipated that the Governor will
Return to the Starting Line – Updating your COVID Health and Safety Protocols for the New School Year, Including Mask Requirements!
On Monday, July 12, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued updated K-12 school guidance for the 2021-22 school year, which establishes both required and recommended health and safety protocols for the coming school year. In addition, the California Department of Education (“CDE”) reminded schools that a condition of receiving their American Rescue Plan ESSER III funds
Trailer Bill Passes: Charter Term Extensions, Moratorium Extension, and New Independent Study Legal Requirements
On July 8, 2021, the State Senate Passed Senate Bill (“SB”) 130, known as the education trailer bill, ushering in another round of sweeping changes for charter schools. Three changes are most noteworthy.
First, all charter terms expiring between January 1, 2022, and June 30, 2025, are automatically extended by two years. This means:
AB 104 Effective Immediately: Important Legal Changes Regarding Student Coursework Exemptions, Grade Changes, and Requests for Retention
On July 1, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 104 to add Sections 48017, 49066.5, and 51225 to the Education Code. The new laws require local educational agencies (including charter schools) to implement several remedial provisions to mitigate the hardships of...
Effective October 1, 2021 – Governor’s New Executive Order Repeals N-29-20 Regarding Board Meeting Flexibility under the Brown Act
Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed a new Executive Order, N-08-21, that announces the expiration of many Executive Orders that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Executive Order N-29-20, which suspends certain Brown Act requirements for conducting a...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cheerleader Disciplined for Off-Campus/After School Hours Snapchat Story
On June 23, 2021, the United States Supreme Court handed down an 8-1 decision in Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist. v. B.L., in favor of a public high school cheerleader, B.L., who was punished for her off-campus speech. B.L. posted a photo to her Snapchat “story” while...
Governor’s Office Announces a Transitional Period Prior to the Repeal of COVID-Related Executive Orders: N-29-20 Regarding Board Meeting Flexibility under the Brown Act Will Not Be Rescinded on June 15th
In correspondence with public agency representatives, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Cabinet Secretary Ana Matosantos announced Executive Order N-29-20 that suspends certain Brown Act requirements for conducting a teleconference meeting will not terminate on June 15, 2021,...