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Proposition 64: Legal and Practical Considerations

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed the "Control, Regulation and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act" ("Prop. 64"), legalizing recreational marijuana use for those 21 years old and older.

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Student Walkouts: Free Speech Rights vs. Truancy Rules

Following this week's national election, school officials around the state have been faced with threatened or actual student walkouts.

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California Court Rules that Charter Schools Generally Cannot Locate Outside of Their Authorizing School District’s Boundaries

In a case watched closely by the charter school community, California's Third District Court of Appeal has issued an opinion which holds that the geographic and site limitations of the Charter Schools Act are applicable to all charter schools, including "nonclassroom-based" programs.

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United States Supreme Court to Consider How Much Educational Benefit IDEA Requires

The United States Supreme Court has decided to take up an issue that has long divided federal courts: How much educational benefit must Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) provide to special needs students?

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California Supreme Court Rules That Retirement is a Form of Quitting Under the Labor Code

October 2016 Number 71 The California Supreme Court has ruled that retirement is a form of quitting under the prompt payment protections in California's Labor Code.

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School's Discipline of Student for Off-Campus Sexual Harassment Proper under First Amendment

September 2016 Number 65 In C.R. v. Eugene School District 4J, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered an issue of first impression

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The Satanic Temple Seeks Access to Public Elementary Schools Nationwide

September 2016 Number 57 A secular organization called The Satanic Temple has announced it will be seeking access to public elementary school facilities nationwide to offer its "Educatin' with Satan" after-school program.

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California Supreme Court Provides Clarification on Application of Anti-SLAPP Provisions to Claims Involving both Protected and Non-Protected Speech

August 2016 Number 54 Resolving a statewide split in authority, the California Supreme Court has clarified the scope of California's anti-SLAPP provisions

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Ninth Circuit Holds that Medically Necessary Occupational Therapy Services Are "Related Services" Under the IDEA

June 2016 Number 37 In a recent decision, Douglas v. California Office of Administrative Hearings, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that occupational therapy services...

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