Meghan Covert Russell

Meghan Covert Russell

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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

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

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

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 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

PERB Ruling Affirms Teacher on 39-Month Reemployment List Remains an Employee of the District and Able to File Grievance

In Nelson v. Jurupa Unified School District (PERB Decision 2309E, March 8, 2013), the Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB") considered whether a school district committed an unfair labor practice by rejecting a...more

3/28/2013 - Collective Bargaining Filing Grievances Medical Leave Public Schools Reemployment Teachers Unfair Labor Practices

Teacher On 39-Month Reemployment List Remains A District Employee With The Right To File A Grievance

In Nelson v. Jurupa Unified School District (PERB Decision 2309E, March 8, 2013), the Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB") considered whether a school district committed an unfair labor practice by rejecting a teacher’s...more

3/28/2013 - Collective Bargaining Filing Grievances Medical Leave Public Schools Reemployment Retaliation Teachers Unfair Labor Practices

Update: After Rehearing, Court Of Appeal Upholds Its Previous Parcel Tax Ruling

The court of appeal recently upheld its previous ruling that a parcel tax approved by Alameda Unified School District (“District”) voters violates the Government Code’s restriction that special taxes apply “uniformly to all...more

3/19/2013 - Ballot Measures Property Tax Public Schools Qualified Special Taxes

Court of Appeal Upholds Invalidation of Parcel Tax That Differentially Taxes Commercial and Residential Property; Legislature...

The court of appeal recently upheld its previous ruling that a parcel tax approved by Alameda Unified School District (“District”) voters violates the Government Code’s restriction that special taxes apply “uniformly to all...more

3/19/2013 - Ballot Measures Property Tax Proposed Legislation Public Schools

SCA 3 Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Lower Voter Approval Requirement For Parcel Taxes From Two-Thirds To 55 Percent For...

SCA 3 seeks to amend the California Constitution relating to taxation by amending Section 4 of Article XIIIA, adding Section 4.5 to Article XIIIA, amending Section 2 of Article XIIIC, and amending Section 3 of Article XIIID,...more

3/19/2013 - Ballot Measures Funding Property Tax Proposed Amendments Public Schools

SB 559 Proposes to Shift Certificated Layoff Timelines

The March 15 deadline is upon California school districts to issue written notices to certificated employees who will be subject to a layoff. Right in line with the deadline comes a new bill that proposes to shift the...more

3/15/2013 - Layoffs Proposed Legislation Public Schools

OCR Issues Dear Colleague Letter Regarding 2008 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments

On January 19, 2012, the US Department of Education’s (“DOE”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a Dear Colleague letter and Questions and Answers regarding the impact of the 2008 amendments to Americans with Disabilities...more

2/8/2013 - ADA Amendments Act Department of Education OCR Public Schools Rehabilitation Act

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