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California Supreme Court Concludes that Parents' District of Residence is Responsible to Provide FAPE to Adult Students Incarcerated in County Jail

December 2013 Number 85 On December 12, 2013, the California Supreme Court ruled on an interesting question of state law that could have significant financial implications for school districts.

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Cyberbullying: New Bill Confirms Schools' Authority to Discipline for Bullying Taking Place Off Campus by "Electronic Act" in Certain Instances

October 2013 Number 77 Effective January 1, 2014, Assembly Bill (AB) 256 amends the definition of "electronic act" to make it clear

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New Graduation Options and Notice Requirements for High School Foster Students

October 2013 Number 74 On September 23, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 216, which amends the Education Code

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New Law Simplifies the Process for Changing Gender and Name on Birth Certificates

October 2013 Number 71 Assembly Bill (AB) 1121, which was signed by the Governor on October 8, 2013, affects the procedures for persons to legally change their gender and name via court order. The new law takes effect January 1, 2014.

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SB 177 Amends Existing Law to Require Immediate Enrollment of Homeless Students and Authorizes Such Students to Participate in All Extracurricular Activities

Governor Brown recently signed Senate Bill (SB) 177 into law, amending and adding provisions to the Education Code regarding the rights of homeless youth. Effective January 1, 2014, SB 177 amends Education Code section 48850 to require schools, including charter schools, to immediately enroll homeless students upon request.

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Should School Districts Go "Peanut-Free"?

Peanut allergies are on the rise. In fact, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the number of children who are allergic to peanuts tripled from 1997 to 2008. Peanut allergies can cause a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction.

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AB 570 Provides Guidance for Voluntary Enrollment in Continuation High Schools

October 2013 Number 66 Governor Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 570, which expands the parameters of continuation education in California.

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CDE Issues Guidance Prohibiting Fees for Caps and Gowns When Required to Participate in Graduation Ceremonies

October 2013 Number 65 On October 4, 2013, the California Department of Education (CDE) issued an Addendum to its Fiscal Management Advisory 12-02 regarding Pupil Fees, Deposits, and Other Charges, addressing for the first time the propriety of imposing on students rental or purchase fees for graduation caps and gowns.

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CalSTRS Update: What Compensation Counts for Retirement? What Service is Considered Creditable?

October 2013 Number 63 The pension reform movement has now moved into the era of pension accountability. With the passage of the Public Employee Pension Reform Act and "clean up" legislation, CalSTRS is in the process of clarifying what compensation will count for a member’s Defined Benefit Program and what compensation will be rolled over into a member’s Defined Benefit Supplement Progra

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