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Governor Vetoes Charter School Transparency Bill

On September 30, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill (AB) 709, which would have expressly required California charter schools to comply with the same transparency and conflict of interest requirements as traditional public school districts.

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California Supreme Court Upholds Superintendent's Criminal Conviction for Misappropriating Funds

July 2016 Number 46 The Supreme Court of California recently upheld the criminal conviction of the former superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District for improperly paying a district employee without board approval.

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California United States District Court finds that Prayers, Bible Readings, and Proselytizing at School Board Meetings Violated the U.S. Constitution

April 2016 Number 20 A United States District Court in California recently concluded that a school board unconstitutionally endorsed religion by reciting prayers

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Two Cases Demonstrate the Reach of Government Code Section 1090: Criminal and Civil Penalties Await the Unwary Government Official

March 2016 Number 15 Two recent cases involving high profile public officials highlight the reach of Government Code section 1090. Government Code section 1090 prohibits conflicts of interest, self-dealing and corruption among public entity officials.

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California Supreme Court Holds Attorney-Client Privilege Not Waived by Public Agency's Accidental Disclosure of Privileged Communications in Response to a Public Records Act Request

March 2016 Number 14 If a public agency accidentally discloses privileged attorney-client information when it responds to a Public Records Act request, does the agency

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April 1 Deadline for Filing Form 700's

March 2016 Number 11 April 1 is the deadline for those holding "designated positions" under their agency's Conflict of Interest Code...

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