Governor Issues Executive Order On Water Conservation

By Stanley C. Powell | Monday, May 9, 2016

The Governor issued Executive Order B-37-16 today, which “builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures.”  The Executive Order calls for “California to move beyond temporary emergency drought measures and adopt permanent changes to use water more wisely and to prepare for more frequent and persistent periods of limited water supply.”

The Order includes the following:

State Water Board Orders Immediate Curtailment Of Water Diversions On San Joaquin And Scott Rivers

By Hanspeter Walter | Thursday, April 23, 2015

The State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) has just issued two water diversion curtailment orders that affect water diversions on the San Joaquin and Scott rivers.  The curtailment notices direct all post-1914 water right holders within the San Joaquin River watershed and junior priority class right holders in the Scott River watershed to cease surface water diversions until further notice.  Click here to view notices.

Mixed Results in California Student Performance on State Standardized Testing

By Kronick | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Last week the California Department of Education ("CDE") issued a news release announcing the results of the California High School Exit Exam ("CAHSEE") and the Standardized Testing and Reporting ("STAR"). 

"Hours" Worked Cannot Be Converted To "Days" In Order To Earn Permanent Employee Status

By Kronick | Thursday, September 5, 2013

In Cox v. Los Angeles Unified School District (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 2 Dist., July 23, 2013), a California court of appeal considered whether a school district employee could apply hours of credit she claimed to have worked during a maternity leave as "days" for the purpose of satisfying the number of days needed to satisfy the Education Code 44908 “complete school year” threshold requirement for earning permanent employee status. 

Legal Alert Series: Education Legislation (Set No. 2)

By Kronick | Thursday, September 5, 2013

KMTG will be publishing a series of Legal Alerts summarizing pertinent legislation to the education community.

In the second round, we examine AB 20 (obscene matters depicting minors), AB 166 (financial literacy instruction), AB 86 (surplus property), Sb 73 (Prop 39 implementation and funding), and AB 133 (digital format for instructional materials).  To read about these recently passed bills, check out our Legal Alert.

CDE Publications Available to Help Implement Common Core State Standards

By Kronick | Friday, August 30, 2013

The California Department of Education ("CDE") has two publications available to help schools and students with the transition to the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS").  This week the CDE announced that these publications are now available in print form, in addition to the previously available electronic formats.

50 Years After "I Have a Dream"

By Kronick | Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. capped the March on Washington with his influential "I Have a Dream" speech given at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Legal Alert Series: Education Legislation

By Kronick | Tuesday, August 27, 2013

KMTG will be publishing a series of Legal Alerts summarizing pertinent legislation to the education community.

In the first round, we examine AB 226 (school police workweek), AB 643 (student records), AB 1266 (sex-segregated programs and activities), SB 546 (layoff hearing terminology), SB 581 (bond accountability), and  SB 292 (sexual harassment).  To read about these recently passed bills, check out our Legal Alert

Hughes Bill Repealed as Part of Trailer Bill AB 86

By Kronick | Friday, August 23, 2013

Another component of the budget trailer bill, AB 86, repeals the “Hughes Bill” mandate imposed on Local Educational Agencies (“LEAs”) to provide specific behavioral assessments and interventions for special education students exhibiting serious behavioral problems, beyond those required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”).

Legislature Extends Requirement to Offer Surplus Facilities to Charter Schools

By Kronick | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A law requiring school districts to offer surplus property to charter schools, which was set to expire at the end of June, has been extended until July 1, 2016.

Education Code section 17457.5, as originally enacted, was set to become inoperative on June 30, 2013 and repealed as of January 2014.  However, as part of the budget trailer bill, AB 86, this section was extended through July 1, 2016.

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