K-12 Education

A Question of Law: Key Legal Issues in Public Education

 
 
Event Information

Date:

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Time:

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location:

UC Davis Conference Center
Rooms A & B
Directions & Parking
 

Sponsored by the UC Davis School of Education and the Kronick Education Law Department

Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Location

UC Davis Conference Center
Rooms A & B

Presenters

Kronick Education Law Attorneys: Addison Covert, Christian Keiner, Marsha Bedwell and Michael Hersher

Workshop Highlights

Concurrent Morning and Afternoon Sessions:

  • Equal Education Opportunity in the Courts: This presentation will discuss key concepts in the area of students’ rights to equal educational opportunity.
  • Student Discipline and Cyber-Bullying: This presentation will cover legal grounds for suspension or expulsion, recent legislative changes including cyber-bullying, and outline the critical due process hearing requirements.
  • Legal Implications for Local Control: This presentation will discuss the operation and impact of the Schools Local Control Funding Formula.
  • Free Speech, Student Rights and Transgender Issues: This presentation will discuss implementation of the new statute regarding use of bathrooms and other private facilities by students asserting a different gender than reflected on their records. The impact of the new Common Core standards on personnel issues and collective bargaining issues also will be addressed.

Read online for more information and to register

 
 

Communications by Public Officials Using Private Cell Phone or E-Mail Accounts are Not Public Records

March 31, 2014 | Bulletin No. 1096222.1

The California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) requires the disclosure of “public records” on request, unless such records are exempt from disclosure.  In City of San Jose v. Superior Court (March 27, 2014, H039498) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the Court of Appeal held that the CPRA does not extend to the communications of public officials using exclusively private cell phones or e-mail accounts because such communications are not “public records” under the CPRA.

Standing Up to Bullying In the Workplace

 
 
Event Information

Date:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Time:

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location:

Rancho El Chorro Auditorium
San Luis Obispo, CA
 

Sponsored By:

San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

KMTG Presenters:

Roman J. Muñoz

Presentation Overview:

Bullying in the workplace is out of control.  Bullies are expensive, dangerous and cost you more than you realize.  When bullying enters the work environment, productivity dips, employees ditch, and morale dives.  Plus, bullying can lead to serious violence, complaints even costly lawsuits.

 
 

Update on Recent Education Legislation

School Facilities

March 13, 2014 | Bulletin No. 1038976.1

KMTG continues our series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown.  All laws became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated.

Update on Recent Education Legislation

Carbon Monoxide Devices for School Facilities and Conflict of Interests

March 13, 2014 | Bulletin No. 1068060.1

KMTG continues its series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown.  All laws became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated.

Update on Recent Education Legislation

Small Business Procurement and Contract Act For Postsecondary Institutions, Employment Contracts for Local Agency Executives, Sex Offenders on School Grounds, and Graduation Requirements for Pupils in Foster Care

March 13, 2014 | Bulletin No. 1038463.1

KMTG will be issuing a series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown.  All laws became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated.

The Constitutional Rights of Students Wearing American Flag Shirts on Cinco de Mayo Were Not Violated When They Were Required to Remove or Turn Their Shirts Inside Out or Leave School for the Day To Prevent Substantial Disruption or Violence at the School

March 6, 2014 | Bulletin No. 1090138.1

On Cinco de Mayo 2010, when school officials at a California high school became aware of a potential altercation between two groups of students, they asked the students wearing shirts bearing images of the American flag to remove or turn their shirts inside out or leave school for the day as an excused absence.  The students later sued alleging violation of their Constitutional freedom of expression, equal protection, and due process rights.  A federal district court ruled in favor of the district.  On appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court decision, finding that the school officials' actions, among other things, did not violate the First Amendment since the officials "anticipated violence or substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities, and their response was tailored to the circumstances.”  (Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District (--- F.3d ----, C.A.9 (Cal.), February 27, 2014).

Social Media in the Workplace, Workplace Bullying, Cyberbullying, and the First Amendment

 
 
Event Information

Date:

Wednesday, February, 26, 2014

Time:

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Location:

UOP, Benerd School of Education
Stockton, CA

Sponsored By:

University of the Pacific, Benerd School of Education

KMTG Presenter:

Nevin Trehan

 
 

ACSA Classified Educational Leaders Institute: Standing Up to Bullying in the Workplace

 
 
Event Information

Date:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time:

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Location:

Hilton Garden Inn
Emeryville, CA

Sponsored By:

Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
Classified Educational Leaders Institute (February 26-27, 2014)

KMTG Presenter:

Nevin Trehan

 
 

Classified Management Employee’s Misconduct Justified School District’s Termination of Employment, Despite Protected Speech

February 7, 2014 | Bulletin No. 1077831.1

A school district classified management employee sought to overturn his dismissal from employment, which he alleged was in retaliation for engaging in protected speech.  A California court of appeal held that, given the evidence of the employee’s insubordination, misuse of the school district’s computers, and retaliation against other employees, the school district was justified in terminating his employment based on the misconduct unrelated to the potentially protected speech.  (Thornbrough v. Western Placer Unified School District (December 23, 2013, C068317) --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 3 Dist.).

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