Meghan Covert Russell

Meghan Covert Russell

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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

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

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: 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 Okays School District’s Use Of Norming Ratios To Assign Classroom Space To Charter Schools

A charter schools association brought a lawsuit against a school district and alleged the district violated Proposition 39 by using norming ratios to assign classroom space to charter schools. The court of appeal held that...more

1/21/2013 - Appeals Charter Schools Proposition 39 Reversal School Districts

Legislature Expands Definition of "Direct Cost" Relating to Reimbursement for Use of Civic Center Act Facilities

SB 1404 expands the scope of direct costs that school districts can recover for allowing Civic Center use of its facilities. The new legislation, which went into effect January 1, 2013, amends Education Code section 38134,...more

1/17/2013 - Civic Center Act School Districts

Court of Appeal Grants Petition for Rehearing in School District Parcel Tax Case

The court of appeal in Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 1 Dist., December 6, 2012; re-hearing granted January 7, 2013) held that the school district did not have the authority to...more

1/14/2013 - Property Tax School Districts Special Tax

Legislative Update: SB 1404 Expands Scope Of Costs That A School District Can Charge for Civic Center Use of Facilities

KMTG is continuing our series reviewing new legislation. Unless noted otherwise, the new laws take effect January 1, 2013. Senate Bill 1404 amends Education Code section 38134, known as the Civic Center Act, which...more

1/14/2013 - Civic Center Act School Districts

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