Meghan Covert Russell

Meghan Covert Russell

Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard

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Small Business Procurement and Contract Act For Postsecondary Institutions, Employment Contracts for Local Agency Executives, Sex...

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. Small Business Procurement and Contract Act For Postsecondary...more

3/24/2014

Carbon Monoxide Devices for School Facilities and Conflict of Interests

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

3/20/2014 - Conflicts of Interest Safety Precautions School Safety

School Facilities

KMTG continues our series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated. School Facilities: Sale of Surplus Real Property; Return of State...more

3/19/2014 - Funding Real Estate Transfers School Districts School Facilities State Allocation Boards

New Law Restricts Ability of School Districts to Issue Capital Appreciation Bonds

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

3/19/2014 - Bonds School Districts

No Immunity for School Counselor Who Disclosed Report on Suspected Child Abuse to Unauthorized Person

A mother sued a school counselor and a school district after the counselor gave a copy of a suspected child abuse report (“SCAR”) which indicated the mother abused their children, to the noncustodial father. A trial court...more

12/26/2013 - Child Abuse Governmental Immunity Governmental Liability Public Schools Reporting Requirements Right to Privacy School Districts

Governor Vetoes AB 375

On October 10, 2013, Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 375. AB 375 had proposed to "streamline" the certificated dismissal process, but would have imposed significant burdens on districts that potentially would have made...more

10/11/2013 - Administrative Hearings Depositions Hiring & Firing Public Schools Teachers

Professor’s Public Criticism of University Department “Direction and Focus” Was a Protected Matter of Public Concern

A university professor’s “broad proposals to change the direction and focus” of the university’s School of Communications were matters of public concern protected by the First Amendment. Despite the professor’s public...more

9/19/2013 - Damages First Amendment Free Speech Professors Qualified Immunity Universities

Internet Threats of Violence Are Grounds for Student Discipline – Even if Off Campus

A Nevada high school student sent “instant messages” to his friends from his home computer that threatened mass shootings at his school. School officials suspended the student based on the threat to school safety and the...more

9/19/2013 - Bullying Cyberbullying First Amendment Public Schools Students

Mixed Results in California Student Performance on State Standardized Testing

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")....more

9/10/2013 - Proficiency Testing Public Schools School Districts Students

Update on Recent Education Legislation: Obscene Matters Depicting Minors, Financial Literacy Instruction, Surplus Property to...

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

9/5/2013 - Charter Schools e-Books Jerry Brown New Legislation Obscenity Proposition 39 Public Schools School Districts

CDE Publications Available to Help Implement Common Core State Standards

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")....more

8/31/2013 - Common Core State Standards Department of Education

50 Years After "I Have a Dream"

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....more

8/28/2013 - Legal History

School District Cannot Levy Fee on Preexisting Development Where No Increase in Student Generation is Shown

The owner of an apartment complex challenged a school district’s imposition of school impact fees that were based on the entire square footage of the owner’s new, larger apartment complex built after the demolition of an...more

8/28/2013 - Fees Public Schools School Districts

Legislature Extends Requirement to Offer Surplus Facilities to Charter Schools

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....more

8/20/2013 - Charter Schools New Legislation Public Schools School Districts

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

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...more

8/19/2013 - Jerry Brown New Legislation Students Transgender

California Supreme Court Rules That Trained School Personnel May Administer Insulin To Diabetic Students

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday in American Nurses Association v. Torlakson (--- P.3d ----, Cal., August 12, 2013), that California law permits school personnel who are not licensed health care providers to...more

8/14/2013 - Healthcare Healthcare Professionals Students Training

Court of Appeal Reverses Award of Attorney Fees to School District: Newspaper Publisher’s Public Records Act Claim Was Meritless...

A superior court ordered a newspaper publisher to pay the attorney fees of a school district because it determined the publisher’s Public Records Act petition was frivolous. The court of appeal held that the publisher’s...more

8/13/2013 - Attorney's Fees Frivolous Lawsuits Journalism Jury Awards Public Records Reversal School Districts

Update -- State Supreme Court Denies Review of Bond Expenditure Case

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.,...more

8/9/2013 - Bonds Municipal Bonds

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

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....more

8/7/2013 - Breastfeeding Child Care Employer Liability Issues Rest and Meal Break

UPDATE: School District’s Share Of Diverted ERAF Revenue Must Be Included When Calculating Its Property Allocation Base

A superior court required a county to include in its calculation of a school district’s property tax allocation base the property tax revenue that the school district actually received from local Educational Revenue...more

7/10/2013 - Education Budget Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds LAUSD Property Tax Property Valuation Public Schools School Districts

Court Of Appeal Overturns District’s Dismissal Of Teacher Accused Of Inappropriately Touching A Student

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, recently issued a published decision that overturned a superior court decision in favor of the San Diego Unified School District in a teacher dismissal case. The...more

5/28/2013 - Administrative Procedure Act Credibility Dismissals Hiring & Firing Teachers Tenure

Community College District Required To Negotiate With Union Over The Effects Of Its Decision To Install Security Surveillance...

In California School Employees Association & Its Chapter 417 v. Rio Hondo Community College District (PERB Decision No. 2313, March 21, 2013), the PERB considered whether a community college district violated the EERA when it...more

5/21/2013 - Community Colleges Negotiations Security Cameras Surveillance Unions

Court Prohibits Bond Expenditure on Stadium Lighting Because Lighting Was Not Specifically Listed as Contemplated Project

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, recently held that school district bond revenues could not be spent on stadium lighting where the bond proposition did not specifically list field lighting as part of...more

5/20/2013 - Education Budget Lighting Equipment

Court of Appeal Narrowly Reads School Bond Measure Language In Siding with Taxpayer Group’s Challenge To High School Stadium...

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, recently held that school district bond revenues could not be spent on stadium lighting where the bond proposition did not specifically list field lighting as part of...more

5/20/2013 - Bonds Proposition 39 Public Schools State Funding

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