Dina Harris

Dina Harris

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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2014 Brings New School Safety Laws

After seeing a flurry of school safety proposals in 2013, the year ended quietly, with only a handful of school safety bills enacted that will bring relatively modest change. Here is a summary of new school safety laws, which...more

1/15/2014 - Cyberbullying Educational Institutions School Safety School Shootings Sex Offenders

Federal Authorities Crack Down on Student Discipline Practices

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue Guidance Warning Against Unlawful Discrimination in Student Discipline - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this week issued a...more

1/10/2014 - Department of Education Discipline Discrimination DOJ Prison Racial Discrimination School Principal Students

Students in Foster Care Benefit from Urgency Legislation - Effective Immediately, AB 216 Modifies Graduation Requirements and...

Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law Assembly Bill 216, an urgency measure designed to further define the standards and procedures for exempting pupils in foster care from local graduation requirements. The new law...more

9/27/2013 - Education Reform Foster Children Jerry Brown School Districts Students

The U.S. Department of Education Continues Its War on Bullying - “Dear Colleague” Letter Focuses on Protecting Students with...

A school district’s failure to properly address bullying of students with disabilities could result in a denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for those students. This is the message clearly conveyed to school...more

9/20/2013 - Bullying Department of Education Disabled Children Free Access IDEA Public Schools Students

BB&K Police Bulletin: Taking Custody of Minor from School: Officers Entitled to Qualified Immunity from Claims of Unlawful Arrest...

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Sonora police officers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims alleging unlawful arrest and use of excessive force on an “out-of-control” juvenile. ...more

9/19/2013 - Excessive Force Governmental Immunity Governmental Liability Immunity Minors Police Police Misconduct Public Schools Qualified Immunity Students Unlawful Arrest

Ninth Circuit Says Schools May Discipline Students Whose Off-Campus Speech Threaten Classmates

Ruling Strengthens Ability of School Districts to Suspend and Expel Students to Protect Students and Staff - Recognizing the increasing difficulties school administrators face in evaluating potential threats of...more

9/16/2013 - Bullying First Amendment Free Speech Public Schools School Districts Students

AB 1266 Expands Rights of Transgender Students - New Law Creates Challenges for California School Districts

This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1266, which adds a single sentence to California Education Code section 221.5 – a section that has long prohibited public schools from limiting participation in...more

8/15/2013 - Discrimination New Legislation Public Schools Students Transgender

Pending California Legislative Proposals to Enhance School Safety - Door Locks, Violence Awareness, and Removing Students from...

The California Legislature has introduced a variety of bills under the heading of “safe schools.” It is, of course, difficult to predict which bills will be adopted, especially this early in the legislative cycle. However, it...more

5/3/2013 - Proposed Legislation Public Schools Safety Precautions

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