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New Laws Narrow The Use Of Medical Exemptions For Student Immunizations

Through Senate Bills (SB) 276 and 714, California lawmakers demonstrated a concerted effort to narrow the use of medical exemptions from immunization requirements by requiring a singular exemption form and consolidating oversight through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

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Department Of Labor Opinion Says Family Medical Leave Allowed For Parental Attendance At IEP Meetings At School

On August 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion letter (Opinion Letter) stating that the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) covers intermittent leave to attend a child's Individual Education Program (IEP) meeting, so long as the child suffers from a qualifying "serious health condition" under the FMLA.

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New Law Will Allow Students With IEPs To Take Assistive Technology Devices Home With Them

Governor Newsom recently signed Assembly Bill (AB) 605, which will require local educational agencies (LEAs) to allow students to use school-purchased assistive technology devices at the student's home or in other settings when the student's individualized education plan (IEP) team decides on a case-by-case basis that access to those devices is necessary in order for the student to receive a free

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New Law Expands Ban On Suspensions For “Willful Defiance” And “Disruption” In Both Public And Charter Schools, Emphasizes Importance Of Alternative Means

Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 419, which expands the existing ban on suspending students in grades K-3 for disrupting school activities or committing an act of willful defiance. The ban on such suspensions now extends to grades 4-5 permanently and to grades 6-8 for five years.

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AB 392 Changes Use of Force Standards

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed the California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) into law. AB 392 modifies the standards surrounding the use of deadly force by Police and other peace officers in the line of duty.

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New Law Allows Former Students To Change Name And Gender On Past Student Records

Assembly Bill (AB) 711 establishes a process for former students to change their name and gender on pupil records, including diplomas.

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Governor Newsom Signs Comprehensive Reforms for Charter Schools

In the largest overhaul of California's Charter Schools Act ("Act") since it was enacted in 1992, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1505 and AB 1507 on October 3, 2019. The Act authorizes the establishment and operation of charter schools in California.

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Legislature Takes Another Run At Bond Measure Ballot Language Requirements

In an ongoing saga that began with the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 809 in 2015, the Legislature has, once again, amended bond measure ballot language requirements for local agencies.

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Ninth Circuit Addresses Impact Of Dismissals And Settlement Of Due Process Complaints On The IDEA’s Administrative Remedy Exhaustion Requirement

The recent opinion of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Paul G. v. Monterey Peninsula Unified School District clarifies that dismissal or settlement of a special education due process hearing inadvance of a hearing and final administrative decision from the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), does not satisfy the requirement that a plaintiff exhaust administrative remedies under

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