President Obama has signed into law the "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA), a sweeping overhaul of "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB)
December 2015 Number 76 The California Department of Education recently issued the 2015-2016 Education Equity program instrument
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law several Assembly Bills and Senate Bills impacting school district campuses. These bills are summarized below
Recent legislation imposes new requirements before school districts can assign high school students to certain courses. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, school districts may not assign students in grades 9-12 to "course periods without educational content" without written parent consent and related documentation
In Munroe v. Central Bucks School District (E.D. Pa. 2014) 34 F. Supp. 3d 532, 538, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that a teacher's blog disparaging students was not "protected speech" under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
November 2015 Number 70 In October 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law five new bills that all go into effect January 1, 2016
November 2015 Number 67 A referendum that would have repealed Senate Bill (SB) 277, which eliminates personal belief and religious exemptions
October 2015 Number 62 Effective January 1, 2016, Senate Bill (SB) 532 reinforces pupil governing board memberships.
October 2015 Number 61 On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 172 into law, suspending the administration of the