Claudia Weaver is a Partner in Lozano Smith’s Monterey office where she practices in the firm’s Facilities and Business and Charter School practice groups. Ms. Weaver focuses much of her practice on complex transactional matters, construction, solar projects and green energy, and general facilities and business issues. She also advises clients in matters concerning charter school governance and facilities and general board governance issues.
In addition to her work as an attorney, she has served as trustee for the Pacific Elementary School District since 2000, which has provided her with a client's perspective regarding the need for timely, practical legal counsel.
Ms. Weaver received her J.D. (magna cum laude
) from the University of San Francisco in 2004 and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
June 2019Number 28A Civic Center Act provision that allocates liability between a school district and the users of school facilities means what it says, according to a recent decision by the California Court of Appeal. In Grossman v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, the court found the district was not liable for injuries suffered by a parent-attendee at a carnival held by a booster group at one of the district's schools. The court also highlighted the statute's intent that school...
April 2019Number 21California school districts and county offices of education are required annually, at the beginning of each school year, to provide written notice of parental rights and responsibilities. Lozano Smith continuously tracks legislation impacting these notices. The following summarizes changes in California law that call for mandatory or optional updates to the Annual Notice of Parental Rights and Responsibilities (Annual Notice).Discrimination Based on a Student's Parental, Fa...
March 2019Number 15Newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill aimed at increasing charter school transparency. Senate Bill (SB) 126 settles, once and for all, the debate over whether charter schools and their governing bodies are subject to California's open meeting, conflicts of interest, and public records laws.BackgroundPrevious attempts to pass legislation intended to make charter schools subject to California's "sunshine laws" were vetoed by former Governor Jerry Brown. By com...
January 2019Number 2Recent legislation modifies the skilled and trained workforce requirement for certain public works projects, shifting much of the burden for compliance to subcontractors. The new law also authorizes the California Labor Commissioner to investigate suspected violations of the statute and impose civil penalties in specified circumstances.Background In recent years, contractors have been required to utilize a "skilled and trained workforce" for "design-build" and "lease-lease...
California school districts and county offices of education are required annually, at the beginning of each school year, to provide written notice of parental rights and responsibilities. Lozano Smith continuously tracks legislation impacting these notices. The following summarizes changes in California law that call for required or optional updates to the Annual Notice of Parental Rights and Responsibilities.
Children of Military Service Members - Residency
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Services recently issued non-regulatory guidance for implementing provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), successor to the No Child Left Behind Act, which enhance school enrollment protections for students in foster care.
On June 23, 2016, the departments released their 28-page guidance, along with two "Dear Colleague" letters summarizing the provisions and timeline for implementa...
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.