Kyle A. Raney is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Sacramento Office. Mr. Raney focuses on special education and student issues faced by education agencies throughout California. Mr. Raney regularly provides counsel and support to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools on all phases of special education litigation, including resolution sessions, mediation, informal negotiations, witness preparation and due process hearings.
Mr. Raney is experienced in developing strategies and providing practical guidance with respect to all special education-related matters, including IEP team meeting attendance. He represents and advises school district, county office of education, charter school and SELPA clients on various issues involving governance, labor and employment matters, personnel issues, Uniform Complaints, CDE/OCR complaints, PERB and EEOC matters, charter start-up, renewal, and revocation, and Section 504, ADA, and FERPA compliance. In addition, he regularly conducts investigations of school employee misconduct including allegations of sexual harassment and child abuse. He is experienced in coordinating and prosecuting student expulsion proceedings on behalf of school district clients, and serving as procedural advisor to county boards of education on expulsion appeals.
Mr. Raney is regularly invited to speak on student and special education topics for statewide organizations, such as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) at the annual Every Child Counts Symposium, and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Conference. Mr. Raney also frequently presents workshops for school district, county office of education clients on such topics as Conflicts of Interest, Confidentiality of Pupil Records, Student Discipline Procedures, and Section 504.
Mr. Raney received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During Law School, Mr. Raney was the recipient of the Public Service Scholarship, and was awarded an internship with the California Department of Managed Health Care. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in Communication, from the University of California, Davis.
September 2019Number 41On April 24, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Ninth Circuit) issued a decision inR.M. v. Gilbert Unified School District, No. 17-16722 (9th Cir. Apr. 24, 2019), in which the parents of a special education student (Plaintiffs) challenged the Gilbert Unified School District's (District) decisions to: (1) increase the student's special education instruction by 20 minutes per day; and (2) unilaterally move the location of the student's service...
February 2019Number 13In the wake of several high profile deaths of high school student-athletes, California recently enacted two new laws aimed at improving school responses to heart and heat-related emergencies involving students.Assembly Bill (AB) 2009 Given that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among young athletes, AB 2009 requires school districts and charter schools that offer interscholastic athletics to have written, posted emergency action plans in place and t...
In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed three new bills addressing public agency response to disasters and emergencies including school violence.
Senate Bill (SB) 833: Emergency Alerts
In response to the unprecedented 2017 wildland fire disasters, SB 833 aims to improve California's emergency alert system by requiring the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to develop guidelines for alerting and warning the public of an emergency. At a minimum, the Guid...
May 2018Number 19The California Court of Appeal’s recent opinion in M.N. v. Morgan Hill Unified School District (2018) 20 Cal.App.5th 607 (“Morgan Hill USD”) resolves several issues of first impression significant to student expulsion proceedings involving sexual battery. In M.N., a case in which Lozano Smith’s Sloan Simmons and Steve Ngo successfully represented the Morgan Hill Unified School District, the court set forth clear rulings on the legal standards for expe...
A pair of new laws intended to ease residency and coursework requirements for students in military families will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Senate Bill (SB) 455 expands on prior legislation to permit students whose parents are on active duty military orders to remotely enroll in school, while Assembly Bill (AB) 365 extends coursework exemptions for other groups of transient students to children of active duty members of the military.
SB 455: Updated Resi...
A federal appeals court recently upheld a Texas school district's practice of permitting students to deliver a religious invocation at the beginning of governing board meetings. ( American Humanist Association et al v. Birdville Independent School District et al (5th Cir. 2017, Nos. 15-11067, 16-11220) ___ F.3d ___ (Birdville). While noteworthy, the opinion is not binding on public agencies in California, where a separate ruling on religious invocations at governing bo...
On February 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools (2017) 580 U.S. ___ (Fry) that is expected to have a profound effect on the way lawsuits that arise under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) are litigated. The Court held that students with a disabilities are not requir...