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Governor Signs Two Bills Affecting High School Students, Vetoes a Third

Three new pieces of legislation addressing rights and graduation requirements of high school students in California were recently proposed.

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Bullying Victims Granted Expanded Transfer Rights

Assembly Bill (AB) 1127 amended Education Code section 46600 to now require California school districts to approve intradistrict and interdistrict transfer requests by victims of an act of bullying.

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New Regulations Regarding Uniform Complaint Procedures Took Effect July 1, 2020

On July 1, 2020, new regulations went into effect regarding Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) found at Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, sections 4600 through 4670.

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The Effect of SB 820 on the Recording of Distance Learning

As school districts and county offices of education across California prepared to open their schools in a virtual distance learning format, electronic recording of remote instruction sessions became a topic of interest in labor negotiations.

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Supreme Court Disallows Exclusion of Religious Schools from State Scholarship Program

On June 30, 2020, the United States Supreme Court held that Montana's exclusion of religious schools from a state scholarship program discriminated against religious schools and the families whose children attend or hope to attend them, and violated the Free Exercise Clause of the United States Constitution.

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Questions Remain Regarding Face Coverings in Schools

As California's local educational agencies (LEAs) examine how and when schools can reopen, a frequent question has been the extent to which face coverings will be required for staff and students.

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SB 98, COVID-19 and Special Education: What’s Next?

SB 98 is the recent Education Budget Trailer Bill signed into law by Gavin Newsom on June 29, 2020. Among other things, it was enacted to protect school funding from uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Distance Learning & In-Person Instruction Requirements Under SB 98

On June 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) into law. Though SB 98 is a budget bill, it includes requirements regarding distance learning and in-person instruction, among other topics, for the 2020-2021 school year.

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A Return to Sports? California Interscholastic Federation Issues Guidelines for Return to Physical Activity and Training

Among the many questions school districts are struggling with as they prepare for the fall semester, is whether, and to what extent, athletics and other extracurricular activities may resume.

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