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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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Governor Signs New Law Requiring Schools to Adopt Pupil Suicide Prevention Policies

Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2246, which requires all county offices of education, school districts, state special schools and charter schools serving pupils in grades 7-12 to adopt pupil suicide prevention policies.

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Governor Signs Three Student Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Bills

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed three Assembly bills related to student health emergency preparedness and response in school districts and charter schools.

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Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Barring Enforcement of Senate Bill 277

A federal district court in Southern California recently declined to issue a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of Senate Bill (SB) 277.

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Governor Signs Bill Requiring Child Safety Alert Systems on School Buses

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1072, a bill modifying the Education Code and Vehicle Code to require additional safety measures for students being transported on school buses.

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Discipline for Cyber Bullying Gets an Upgrade

On September 21, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two new bills that will become effective January 1, 2017, amending sections 234.2 and 48900 of the Education Code relating to cyber bullying.

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New Legislation Addresses Ethnic Studies Curriculum, Juvenile Court Pupil Graduation Requirements and Military Dependent Residency

October 2016 Number 70 Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law three bills impacting school districts in the areas of pupil curriculum, graduation requirements for juvenile court school pupils and military dependent pupil residency requirements.

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U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Implementing ESSA's New Provisions Regarding Homeless Students

October 2016 Number 72 On July 27, 2016, the United States Department of Education (DOE) issued non-regulatory guidance to the nation's schools addressing changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

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