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District Obligations Broadened For Foster Children Facing Extension of Suspension, Expulsion, and Manifestation Determinations

Governor Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1909, which expands school districts' obligations and notice requirements with respect to meetings to determine

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Governor Approves Bills Affecting the Health and Science Curriculum in Schools, GATE Program Standards, and Observance of the Labor Movement

On September 26, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law two bills that change pupil curriculum in the areas of organ procurement and tissue donation, as well as school districts' observance of the labor movement.

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Governor Brown Signs Student Fees Legislation into Law

After vetoing student fees legislation Assembly Bill (AB) 165 in October 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 1575 into law last week, which now specifically sets forth and codifies various governing principles and prohibitions regarding the imposition of fees, charges or deposits in California public schools, including charter schools.

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California Public Schools Now Expressly Prohibited From Denying Enrollment To Students Who Have Had Contact With The Juvenile Justice System

On September 20, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1088, which amends Education Code section 48645.5 to expressly prohibit public schools from denying enrollment or readmission to a pupil solely on the basis that he or she has had contact with the juvenile justice system.

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Governor Approves Changes to Laws Regarding Independent Study, Social Science Curriculum, and Primary Language Standardized Testing

In recent weeks, Governor Brown has approved several bills that will make changes to the Education Code regarding student assessment, instruction, and curriculum.

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Legislative Changes Impacting Student Discipline

September 30 was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to act on bills passed by the Legislature. The Governor signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1729 and AB 2537. These bills alter student discipline laws in an effort to encourage alternative means of discipline besides suspension and expulsion.

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Governor Signs Bill Providing Clarity on Foster Youth and Residency Requirements

On July 13, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1573, modifying Education Code section 48204.

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New Bill Again Amends Definition Of "Electronic Act" For Purposes Of Bullying Prohibitions

In an attempt to address specific types of cyberbullying, this week Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1732, modifying the definition of "electronic act" for purposes of the Education Code's bullying prohibitions.

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New Bullying-Related Policy Requirements For The Coming School Year

July 1, 2012 is the deadline for California school districts to adopt two policies related to students and bullying.

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