Senate Bill 73: Implementation of Proposition 39 Funding for Energy Efficiency Projects and Clean Energy Jobs

By Kronick | Monday, August 19, 2013

On June 27, 2013 the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 73 (“SB 73”), implementing Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, approved by the voters on November 5, 2012 to provide funds to improve energy efficiency and create clean energy jobs.  SB 73 provides that for five fiscal years, commencing with the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year, up to $550,000,000 annually will be transferred from the General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund.  Of that amount, for the upcoming 2013-2014 Fiscal Year, $28,000,000 will be transferred from the Clean Energy Job Creati

AB 1266 Clarifies Existing California Law Regarding Access to Programs and Facilities by Transgender Students

By Kronick | Friday, August 16, 2013

This week Governor Brown signed AB 1266, which adds section 221.5(f) to the Education Code.  It provides "A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records."

Why does teacher evaluation based on student performance continue to be a hot topic?

By Kronick | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently granted seven California school districts waivers of some requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in exchange for, among other things, a promise to include student performance data in the evaluations of teachers.  The California Teachers Union immediately criticized that waiver deal and continued to oppose using student data in locally negotiated evaluation procedures. 

California Supreme Court Rules That School Employees Can Administer Insulin Shots

By Kronick | Monday, August 12, 2013

Today the California Supreme Court ruled that school employees can administer insulin shots to diabetic students when a nurse is not available.  This decision arises in the context of a continuing shortage of school nurses available to administer the shots and a federal class action lawsuit alleging that California schools have failed to provide adequate health services to students as required by law.  In 2007 the California Department of Education ("CDE") advised school districts that a trained school employee may administer insulin when a school nurse is not available.

Court of Appeal Reverses Award of Attorneys' Fees to School District Where PRA Request Was Meritless But Not Frivolous

By Kronick | Friday, August 9, 2013

School districts and other public agencies are frequently the recipients of Public Records Act requests.  These requests are time consuming and subject to litigation if not properly complied with.   Cases brought to seek compliance with the PRA are frequently litigated and continue to refine the contours of the PRA statues.  A recent case discusses the award of costs and fees when a case that is brought does not compel the public agency to disclose any additional documents.

Update - State Supreme Court Denies Review of Bond Expenditure Case

By Kronick | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

We reported back in April that the Court of Appeals restricted the use of bond expenditures in the case Taxpayers for Accountable School Bond Spending v. San Diego Unified School Dist. (---Cal.Rptr.3d---, Cal.App. 4 Dist., April 25, 2013).  The California Supreme Court has denied the petition for review and the case remains "good" law.  However, a request for depublication of the lower court ruling is still pending.

World Breastfeeding Week - Make Sure You Comply With Legal Requirements For Providing Employees With Reasonable Accommodations

By Kronick | Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week.  It is well established that breastfeeding is beneficial for both mom and baby.  As an employer, ensure you are providing breastfeeding mothers with appropriate resources.

CSBA 2011 Annual Conference: Surviving Tough Negotiations as a Board

 
 
Event Information

Date:

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Time:

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored By:

California School Boards Association 2011 Annual Education Conference and Tradeshow
[December 1-3, 2011 | San Diego, CA]

 
 

CSBA 2011 Annual Conference: Brown Act: Understanding the Basics

 
 
Event Information

Date:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Time:

4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Sponsored By:

California School Boards Association 2011 Annual Education Conference and Tradeshow
[December 1-3, 2011 | San Diego, CA]

 
 

CSBA 2011 Annual Conference: Making Collective Bargaining Work for You - And What to Do When it Doesn't

 
 
Event Information

Date:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Time:

3:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Sponsored By:

California School Boards Association 2011 Annual Education Conference and Tradeshow
[December 1-3, 2011 | San Diego, CA]

 
 
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