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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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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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New Laws will Require Charter Schools to Provide Meals, Sexual Health Education

The Legislature has expanded requirements for charter schools in 2019. Assembly Bill (AB) 1871 will require charter schools to provide meals to needy students, while AB 2601 will require charters to provide sexual health education to students in grades 7-12.

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California Bans For-Profit Charter Schools

Governor Jerry Brown has signed new legislation banning for-profit corporations, for-profit educational management organizations, and for-profit charter management organizations from operating charter schools in California. Assembly Bill (AB) 406 takes effect July 1, 2019.

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Charter Schools Must Obtain Separate Approvals for New Schools, Renewals, and Revisions, Court Rules

A California appellate court has published a decision affirming that charter schools must obtain separate approvals for new initial petitions, charter renewals, and material revisions to charter school petitions.

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