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Chartering Authority Must Make Findings Supported by Substantial Evidence Showing it Considered Increases in Academic Achievement...

In American Indian Model Schools v. Oakland Unified School District (June 23, 2014, 139652) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the California Court of Appeal recently clarified a charter school may not be revoked unless there is...more

7/1/2014 - Charter Schools Injunctions School Districts

United States Supreme Court Upholds Prayers at Public Meetings

Many legislative bodies throughout the United States, including city councils, state legislatures, and Congress, begin sessions with ceremonial religious prayer that often includes references to sectarian Christian themes,...more

5/7/2014 - Establishment Clause First Amendment Prayer Public Meetings SCOTUS

Communications by Public Officials Using Private Cell Phone or E-Mail Accounts are Not Public Records

The California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) requires the disclosure of “public records” on request, unless such records are exempt from disclosure. In City of San Jose v. Superior Court (March 27, 2014, H039498) ---...more

4/2/2014 - Cell Phones CPRA Email Mobile Devices Public Records Text Messages

Classified Management Employee’s Misconduct Justified School District’s Termination of Employment, Despite Protected Speech

A school district classified management employee sought to overturn his dismissal from employment, which he alleged was in retaliation for engaging in protected speech. A California court of appeal held that, given the...more

2/13/2014 - Free Speech Hiring & Firing Managers Protected Concerted Activity Public Employees Sexual Harassment Termination

California Assembly Bill 1266

Since the Governor signed AB 1266, school districts and other education agencies have been inundated with questions from the media, parents, and students about what the new law means to the schools. This Legal Alert is...more

9/12/2013 - Discrimination Gender Discrimination Jerry Brown Proposed Legislation Public Schools School Districts Students Transgender

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

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