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Court Confirms That Calculation of Level 1 Developer Fees for Apartment Buildings Includes Interior Common Areas

A California court has confirmed that school districts are authorized to assess Level 1 developer fees against interior common areas of apartment buildings, including hallways and walkways.

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Local Agencies May Enact Presentation Requirements for Childhood Sexual Abuse Claims, Court Rules

The Fifth District Court of Appeal's opinion in Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District v. Superior Court holds, for the first time, that local agencies may enact local claims procedures under the Government Claims Act...

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Colleges Have a Duty to Warn or Protect Students from Foreseeable Violence

Colleges have a legal duty, under certain circumstances, to protect their students from or warn them about foreseeable violence in the classroom or during curricular activities, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

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California Adds “Nonbinary” Gender Option to Identification Documents, Impacting All Public Entities

On October 15, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 179, known as the "Gender Recognition Act," which adds a "nonbinary" gender option to state driver's licenses, identification cards, and birth certificates.

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Vanquishing "Vaping" on Campus

School administrators are facing a growing threat to student health that is often disguised as a standard school tool.

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2018 Updates: Annual Notice of Parental Rights and Responsibilities

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.

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Immigration Enforcement Actions in California

In recent weeks, media outlets have reported on immigration raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that targeted various areas in California.

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

A California appellate court has published a decision affirming that charter schools must obtain separate approvals for new initial petitions, charter renewals, and material revisions to charter school petitions.

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When Politics and Walkouts Come to the Workplace: Considerations for Teachers, Superintendents, and Governing Boards

The February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has inspired a groundswell of political activism at K-12 schools across the country. Lozano Smith previously reported on considerations and implications of student activism surrounding this issue.

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