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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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Teachers’ Union Prevails at PERB in Effort to Organize Charter Schools

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) recently held that a teachers' union's petitions for recognition at three charter schools were appropriate under the Education Employment Relations Act (EERA).

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Senate Bill 98 Suspends LCAPs for 2020-2021; Instead, LEAs Must Adopt a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan

Senate Bill (SB) 98, the Budget Education Trailer Bill, suspends the requirement to adopt a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2020-2021 school year. Instead, for the 2020-21 school year, local educational agencies (LEA) will be required to adopt a "learning continuity and attendance plan."

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Prohibits Workplace Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County Georgia (2020) ___ U.S. __ [(U.S., June 15, 2020) 139 S.Ct. 1599] (Bostock) to extend protections against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits workplace

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Supreme Court Keeps DACA in Place, Emphasizing Importance of Procedural Requirements for the Program’s Rescission

On June 18, 2020, in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California (June 18, 2020, Nos. 18-587, 18-588, and 18-589) __ U.S. __[2020 U.S. LEXIS 3254], the United States Supreme Court found unlawful the way in which the Trump Administration sought to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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New Title IX Regulations Issued by the Department of Education Take Effect August 14, 2020

On May 6, 2020, the United States Department of Education (DOE) issued much-anticipated Regulations (Regulations) addressing how schools and colleges (referred to as Recipients) must respond to claims of sexual harassment covered by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX).

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Status of Federal and State Laws on Student Gender Identify Rights: Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Block Participation of Transgender Athletes and the Office for Civil Rights Weighs In

In February of this year, the families of three cisgender female high school athletes (Plaintiffs) filed a federal lawsuit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and multiple Connecticut school boards over a CIAC policy (Policy) that allows transgender athletes to participate in sports based on their gender identity.

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UPDATE: California Supreme Court rules against Local Agencies- Local Agencies Cannot Recover Costs of Redacting Video Footage under the Public Records Act

The California Supreme Court has reversed the judgment of the First District Court of Appeal in National Lawyer Guild v. City of Hayward (2018) 27 Cal.App.5th 937, holding that the California Public Records Act (CPRA) does not allow local agencies to charge requesters for the cost of redacting digital video footage.

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Surplus School District Property and the Budget Crisis: New and Proposed Legal Requirements and Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a looming fiscal crisis across California. As local agencies prepare to adopt their fiscal year 2020-21 budgets, some are eyeing the option of selling or leasing surplus property in order to generate funds to ease potential shortfalls.

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