Aimee Perry is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office. She is co-chair of the firm's Student Practice Group and is an active member of the firm's Special Education and Charter School Practice Groups. Ms. Perry's practice is focused on special education, and she assists clients with difficult IEP team meetings, settling cases at resolution sessions and mediations, as well as ensuring compliance with Section 504. Her expertise also extends to a myriad of student issues, including inter- and intra-district transfers, student fees, bullying, student discipline, student records, and mandatory reporting, as well as advising districts with charter school issues.
Ms. Perry has presented on a variety of topics before the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA), California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), and the Small School District's Association (SSDA).
Ms. Perry's article "Cancer Awareness Slogans Pose Tough Challenges for Schools" was published in the Daily Journal in March 2012.
Ms. Perry earned her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, where she majored in International Business. Ms. Perry is fluent in Spanish and gained a certificate to do business in Spanish as part of her major at San Diego State.
In a non-binding order, a California state administrative law judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings ("OAH") ruled that a public school district must allow a student's nurse to administer medical marijuana, as needed, on campus and transportation. The September 21, 2018 decision inStudent v. Rincon Valley Union Elementary School District (2018) OAH Case No. 2018050651 is unprecedented, but is not binding on other school districts.
Schools may soon be getting requests to permit students to take a marijuana-based epilepsy drug at school, thanks to a change in the way the federal government regulates it. Read on to learn more about Epidiolex and the state of the law regarding administration of medication at school, including marijuana based drugs.
Separately, but related to administration of marijuana based drugs, Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed a state bill that would have permitted sch...
School surveillance video can be considered a student record under certain circumstances, triggering a school district's obligation under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow parents to view it.
State lawmakers have indefinitely extended previously approved limits on disciplining students for defiance and disruption and have expanded the list of issues that may be addressed through the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP).
The changes were included in a budget trailer bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 1808, and became effective when Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill on June 27.
Extension of Limits on Student Discipline for Disruption and Willful Defiance
Schools may soon be fielding requests to administer Epidiolex, a drug containing cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical component of marijuana that does not create a "high," to students.
On June 25, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex to treat two types of pediatric epilepsy. The approval of Epidiolex will pave the way for school districts, for the first time, to administer a medicine derived from marijuana, provided that the Drug Enforcement...
This Client News Brief was updated on March 6, 2018.
UPDATE: California Department of Education Issues Guidance
The California Department of Education (CDE) and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released guidance on March 2 regarding student walkouts. Echoing the suggestions below, the CDE calls for schools to provide outlets for student political expression through classroom or school-wide discussions, as well as for proactive discussio...
A federal district court in Southern California recently declined to issue a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of Senate Bill (SB) 277. As we previously reported, SB 277, which went into effect January 1, 2016, eliminated the "personal belief" exemption (PBE) from vaccine requirements for schoolchildren. (See 2015 Client News Brief No. 36.)
In July of 2016, several plaintiffs filed a request for a preliminary injunction, alleging that SB 277 and its elim...
A United States District Court in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction barring the United States Department Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (DOE) and other federal agencies from enforcing the DOJ and DOE's May 13, 2016 joint guidance regarding the rights of transgender students in schools under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and Title IX's regulations (Joint Guidance). (See 2016 Client News Brief No. 31.) (State of Texas v. United...
Governor Jerry Brown recently approved Senate Bill 7 (SB 7), increasing the age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and "vaping" from age 18 to age 21. The law became effective June 4, 2016.
The new law makes California the second state, besides Hawaii, to increase the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.
SB 7 amends provisions of the Business and Professions Code and the Penal Code that govern the sale, possession and use of tobacco products. The bill proh...