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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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SEC: Bank Loans and Other Private Placements to Trigger 10-Day Continuing Disclosure Reporting

The Securities Exchange Commission's (SEC) Rule 15c2-12 requires that an issuer of publicly offered municipal securities, such as bonds or certificates of participation, commit to disclosing certain material events that occur while those securities are outstanding.

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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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Deadline Looming for School Districts to Opt into the Classified Summer Assistance Program

The 2018 education omnibus trailer bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 1808, was approved by Governor Jerry Brown this summer. Among other things, the bill creates the Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program for the 2019-2020 school year. The first deadline for this program is January 1, 2019.

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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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FCC Threatens Public Agencies’ Local Control Over Next-Gen Cellular Deployment

In anticipation of the wave of next-generation cellular technology, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order significantly preempting state and local control over the use of public rights of way for the deployment of "small wireless facilities" (i.e., micro cellular antennas and equipment).

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