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President Signs Into Law "Every Student Succeeds Act" Overhauling "No Child Left Behind"

President Obama has signed into law the "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA), a sweeping overhaul of "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB)

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State Monitoring of Title IX Compliance is Beginning

December 2015 Number 76 The California Department of Education recently issued the 2015-2016 Education Equity program instrument

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Recent Legislation Addresses 9th Grade Mathematics Placement, Mascot Names, and Other Issues Impacting California Students

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law several Assembly Bills and Senate Bills impacting school district campuses. These bills are summarized below

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New Requirements for Assigning High School Students to Certain Courses

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

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Teacher's Blog Maligning Students Is Not "Protected Speech" Under the First Amendment

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.

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Recent Legislation Addresses Cheerleading, District Training Requirements to Protect Students, and Changes to the Uniform Complaint Procedures

November 2015 Number 70 In October 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law five new bills that all go into effect January 1, 2016

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Referendum to Repeal Immunization Bill Fails to Qualify for Ballot

November 2015 Number 67 A referendum that would have repealed Senate Bill (SB) 277, which eliminates personal belief and religious exemptions

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New Requirements for Nonvoting and Preferential Voting Pupil Board Members

October 2015 Number 62 Effective January 1, 2016, Senate Bill (SB) 532 reinforces pupil governing board memberships.

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New Laws Suspend High School Exit Exam Requirements

October 2015 Number 61 On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 172 into law, suspending the administration of the

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