Edward J. Sklar

Partner | Walnut Creek

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esklar@lozanosmith.com
Tel: 925.953.1620
Fax: 925.953.1625
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Overview

Edward J. Sklar is the Managing Partner of Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office. Mr. Sklar advises school districts on managing California's charter school landscape, serving as co-chair of the firm's Charter Schools Practice Group. He is an authority on all aspects of a public school district's obligations to comply with California's Charter Schools Act, including charter oversight, facilities, petition review and revocation. Mr. Sklar also provides guidance to school districts that want to establish their own "dependent" charter schools.

Mr. Sklar also advises school districts on all legal issues that arise in the routine course of educating students. This includes matters of student discipline, residency, student records, civil rights, and compliance with state and federal education reform measures. He has extensive experience advising clients on compliance with the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.

Presenter Experience

Mr. Sklar has provided training and conducted seminars on a number of topics for multiple organizations. They include the California School Boards Association (CSBA), National School Boards Association (NSBA), Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) annual conference, CASH Leadership Academy, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) annual conference, ACSA Superintendent Symposium, and California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) conference.

Additional Experience

Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Mr. Sklar practiced civil litigation at Lewis, D'Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard, LLP, and Cesari, Werner & Moriarty, both in San Francisco. The fast-paced practice of litigation provided the training ground for his vast experience in settlement negotiations and his advocacy skills in courtrooms and administrative hearings.

Education

Mr. Sklar received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

SB 98 Impacts on Charter Schools

By: Edward SklarCourtney de Groof-

A Return to Sports? California Interscholastic Federation Issues Guidelines for Return to Physical Activity and Training

By: Edward SklarChelsea Olson Murphy-

Teachers’ Union Prevails at PERB in Effort to Organize Charter Schools

By: Edward Sklar-

California Department of Education Provides Grading and Graduation Guidance for Local Educational Agencies During School Closures

By: Edward SklarSophia Cohn-

New Law Prohibits Barriers To Charter School Enrollment

By: Edward SklarSophia Cohn-

New Law Allows Former Students To Change Name And Gender On Past Student Records

By: Edward Sklar-

Governor Newsom Signs Comprehensive Reforms for Charter Schools

By: Megan MacyErin HamorEdward SklarCourtney de Groof-

New Guidance Answers Questions Regarding FERPA And School Law Enforcement Units

By: Edward SklarAlyssa Bivins-

Sunshine Laws To Begin Shining On Charter Schools: Charter Schools Subject To Public Transparency Laws

By: Edward Sklar-

New Laws Impacting Media Literacy, Financial Aid Applications and the “A-G” Course List Will Soon Go into Effect

By: Edward Sklar-

New Bills Remove Obstacles to Graduation for Migrant and Immigrant Students

By: Edward SklarBradley Sena-

New Laws will Require Charter Schools to Provide Meals, Sexual Health Education

By: Edward SklarKate Holding-

Field Trip Immunity Does Not Apply to a Community College’s Hosting of an Intercollegiate Athletic Event

By: Edward Sklar-

Charter Schools Must Obtain Separate Approvals for New Schools, Renewals, and Revisions, Court Rules

By: Edward SklarRyan TungAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

Legislative Update: California’s Charter School Students Win New Protections

By: Edward Sklar-

Charter Schools Facilities Request Deadlines Looming

By: Edward Sklar-

County Boards of Education May Not Exempt Charter Schools from Local Zoning Regulations

By: Edward SklarErin Hamor-

Closely Watched Charter School Decision Becomes Binding Precedent

By: Megan MacyEdward SklarRyan Tung-

California Court Rules that Charter Schools Generally Cannot Locate Outside of Their Authorizing School District’s Boundaries

By: Megan MacySloan SimmonsDevon LincolnEdward Sklar-

Governor Vetoes Charter School Transparency Bill

By: Edward SklarRyan Tung-

OCR Issues Guidance to Ensure Gender Equality in Career and Technical Education Programs

By: Edward Sklar-

Recent Legislation Addresses 9th Grade Mathematics Placement, Mascot Names, and Other Issues Impacting California Students

By: Edward Sklar-

Charter School Prop. 39 Facilities Requests are Due November 1

By: Edward SklarCarrie Rasmussen-

Charter School Reform Laws Have Been Enacted – Now What?

By: Megan MacyEdward Sklar-

Following months of discussion regarding the impact that charter schools have had on traditional public schools, the Legislature has passed, and Governor Newsom has signed, two bills that will have wide-ranging impacts on California charter schools and their authorizers. Joining host Devon Lincoln to discuss these new laws, and what charter school authorizers need to know about these changes, are attorneys Megan Macy and Ed Sklar.

Course Correction? The Legislature Looks at Big Changes for Charter Schools in California

By: Edward SklarErin Hamor-

Host Devon Lincoln talks with Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor about new charter school legislation causing a stir in Sacramento. If enacted, the pending bills will drastically alter California’s current charter school landscape.

How Many Charter Schools Are Too Many Charter Schools? A Statewide Debate

By: Edward SklarClaudia Weaver-

Devon Lincoln talks with charter school law experts Ed Sklar and Claudia Weaver about the statewide conversation currently surrounding charter schools and the impact they have on traditional public schools. From recent teacher strikes, to the election of a new Superintendent of Public Instruction, to a raft of new legislative proposals, the role of charter schools is front and center in California politics right now. Ed and Claudia discuss the shift in the debate regarding charter schools, the origins of this debate, the issues it raises, and what the future might hold for educational options in the state.