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New Law Limits School District Collection of Debts from Students and Penalties for Debts

The California Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1974, which places new prohibitions and restrictions on the collection of debt owed by parents to public schools, including state special schools and charter schools, and school districts, including county offices of education (all referred to herein as school districts).

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New Bills Remove Obstacles to Graduation for Migrant and Immigrant Students

Assembly Bills (AB) 2121 and 2735 will make it easier for migrant students and English learners to access courses in core curriculum subjects and obtain course credit necessary for graduation. Both bills were signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2018.

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New Laws Aim to Address Bullying and Suicide Prevention

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a series of bills aimed at preventing bullying and suicide. These new laws require school districts to: 1) adopt procedures for bullying prevention; 2) provide suicide prevention hotline information on student identification cards; and 3) review and update policies on suicide prevention at least every five years.

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Legislature Expands Sexual Health Education Resources

In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved a series of bills that expand on the instruction of comprehensive sexual health education for California public school students.

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Governor Approves New Public Safety Laws Affecting Cities, Schools and Other Public Agencies

In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed three new bills addressing public agency response to disasters and emergencies including school violence.

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School Resource Officers Try to Teach Students a Lesson – and It Backfires

In Scott v. County of San Bernardino

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New Laws Promote Student Health and Safety

California lawmakers demonstrated a concerted effort to promote student health and safety by approving several bills this session. Assembly Bills (AB) 1798, 2435 and 2816 were passed to create or expand requirements or funding for school districts in relation to bus transportation, air quality, and pesticide use.

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Non-Binding Order from OAH Requires School District Administer Medical Marijuana on Campus

In a non-binding order, a California state administrative law judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings ("OAH") ruled that a public school district must allow a student's nurse to administer medical marijuana, as needed, on campus and transportation.

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The Pot Thickens: Legal Updates on Marijuana and Schools

Schools may soon be getting requests to permit students to take a marijuana-based epilepsy drug at school, thanks to a change in the way the federal government regulates it. Read on to learn more about Epidiolex and the state of the law regarding administration of medication at school, including marijuana based drugs.

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