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Records Owned And Held By A Third Party Are Not Public Records Even If A Public Agency Has A Right To Access Such Records

A recent California appellate court ruling has clarified the reach of the California Public Records Act (CPRA).

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Lay Opinions May Trigger The Need For An Environmental Impact Report

A California appellate court has ruled that lay public opinions on nontechnical issues concerning a project's size and general appearance can provide substantial evidence of environmental impact, triggering the need to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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California Passes New Laws to Protect Student-Athletes AED’s Required by July 1, 2019

In the wake of several high profile deaths of high school student-athletes, California recently enacted two new laws aimed at improving school responses to heart and heat-related emergencies involving students.

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Settlement Addresses Discriminatory Treatment of Minority Students and Students with Disabilities

A settlement agreement was recently reached between the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Stockton Unified School District (District) to address discriminatory treatment of minority students and students with disabilities.

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Court Of Appeal Shields Personnel Records From Disclosure

In Associated Chino Teachers v. Chino Valley Unified School District (Nov. 29, 2018, E068163) ­­__ Cal.4th __, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District determined that complaints regarding a high school teacher's alleged aggressive behavior were not substantial enough to require disclosure under the California Public Records Act (CPRA).

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Local Agencies Can Recover Costs Associated With Redacting Video Footage Under The Public Records Act

Rarely are state and local government agencies permitted to charge for the labor that goes into responding to a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request.

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Federal Agencies Withdraw Previously Issued Guidance On The Nondiscriminatory Administration Of School Discipline

The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have withdrawn their 2014 joint Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline, which provided recommendations and guidance on remediating disproportiona

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New OCR Case Processing Manual - Significant Changes For Public School Civil Rights Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) made a second round of revisions to its Case Processing Manual (CPM), effective November 19, 2018.

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Employees’ Representation Rights Now Expand Beyond Oral Interviews

Three recent decisions by the Public Employment Relation Board (PERB) have expanded or highlighted employees' rights to union representation when employees are asked to prepare a written statement or are searched unclothed.

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