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Church-State Relations: School District's Elementary Student Yoga Program Does Not Violate The California Constitution
In 2011, the Encinitas Union School District ("District") implemented a yoga program funded by a grant from a private foundation. A local school family challenged the program as an unconstitutional establishment of religion. (Sedlock et al. v. Baird et al. (Cal. Ct. App.
Online Student Privacy Updates: COPPA Receives Clarification From The Federal Trade Commission And New Laws From The California Legislature
Children Online Privacy Protection Act
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA was enacted by Congress in 1998 to prohibit unfair and deceptive acts or practices in connection with the collection, use, or disclosure of personally identifiable information from and about children on the Internet. COPPA is intended to place parents in control of the information that is collected from their children online.
|04/10/2015||California's Highest Court Provides Some Guidance Regarding School District Obligations To Charter Schools Under Proposition 39|
Courts Disagree On How Much Money A Public Entity Can Retain In Disputes Involving Public Works Contracts
A recent court decision has introduced uncertainty as to the amount of money a public entity can retain upon completion of a public works contract. Public Contract Code section 7107 allows a public entity to retain funds otherwise due to a contractor based upon liens or in the event of a dispute between the public entity and the original contractor. If, however, the public entity wrongfully retains funds, section 7107 subjects the public entity to a penalty of two percent per month on the wrongfully withheld amount plus an obligation to pay the contractor's attorney's fe
The California Public Employment Relations Board Broadly Construes Protected Activity Under Educational Employment Relations Act
The Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB") in Crowell v. Berkeley Unified School District found the anti-retaliation provisions contained in the Educational Employment Relations Act ("EERA"), Cal. Gov. Code § 3540, et seq., to be broader than those of other public employment statutes because EERA specifically identifies the right to be represented by employee organizations for professional relationships, not simply employment relationships.