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Major Changes Announced for Spring 2020 AP, SAT, and ACT Exams

The administering of high school advanced placement (AP) exams, as well as the SAT and ACT college admission exams, has been altered for Spring 2020 in response to COVID-19.

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

Last week, the California Department of Education (CDE) released its highly-anticipated guidance to school districts, county offices of education and charter schools (collectively, LEAs) regarding course grading and graduation requirements as LEAs proceed with delivery of their educational programs through distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Framework for Labor-Management Collaboration Jointly Issued by Governor and Statewide Organizations

On April 1, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California labor and management organizations have jointly agreed to a framework for collaboration during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

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Governor Newsom Signs Two Bills Aimed to Assist Local Educational Agencies During COVID-19 Crisis

On March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills, Senate Bill (SB) 117 and SB 89, into law which provide for emergency funding to help fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help to clarify the law as it relates to school districts.

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Important Update: The deadline to file the Annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) has been extended from April 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has announced it is allowing a 60-day extension for those required to file a 2019 Annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).

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How to Address COVID-19 with Your Governing Board: Brown Act Reminders

With growing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many public agencies are closely monitoring guidance and updates from health and science officials.

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Special Considerations for Students with Exceptional Needs Related to School Closures Due to COVID-19

The following updates and expands on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we issued on March 12, 2020 (available here), which provided general guidance for K-12 school districts in responding to the needs of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Temporary Employer-Paid Sick Leave and Employer-Paid FMLA Leave for Childcare

In response to the nationwide economic disruption and uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, Congress passed, and the President signed, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (H.R. 6201), which became law on March 18, 2020.

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Student Attendance Issues in Response to COVID-19

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel respiratory disease that has affected communities worldwide. Cases of COVID-19 have recently appeared in several California communities, prompting a significant number of school closures around the state.

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