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Colleges Have a Duty to Warn or Protect Students from Foreseeable Violence

Colleges have a legal duty, under certain circumstances, to protect their students from or warn them about foreseeable violence in the classroom or during curricular activities, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

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California Adds “Nonbinary” Gender Option to Identification Documents, Impacting All Public Entities

On October 15, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 179, known as the "Gender Recognition Act," which adds a "nonbinary" gender option to state driver's licenses, identification cards, and birth certificates.

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Vanquishing "Vaping" on Campus

School administrators are facing a growing threat to student health that is often disguised as a standard school tool.

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2018 Updates: Annual Notice of Parental Rights and Responsibilities

California school districts and county offices of education are required annually, at the beginning of each school year, to provide written notice of parental rights and responsibilities.

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Immigration Enforcement Actions in California

In recent weeks, media outlets have reported on immigration raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that targeted various areas in California.

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Charter Schools Must Obtain Separate Approvals for New Schools, Renewals, and Revisions, Court Rules

A California appellate court has published a decision affirming that charter schools must obtain separate approvals for new initial petitions, charter renewals, and material revisions to charter school petitions.

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When Politics and Walkouts Come to the Workplace: Considerations for Teachers, Superintendents, and Governing Boards

The February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has inspired a groundswell of political activism at K-12 schools across the country. Lozano Smith previously reported on considerations and implications of student activism surrounding this issue.

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School District Policy Prohibiting Active Strikers from Entering School Grounds Violated the First Amendment

A public school district's policies prohibiting picketing and the display of signs and banners on District property violated the free speech rights of picketers and their supporters, the Ninth Circuit has ruled.

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Student Walkouts: What Your District Needs to Know

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. has intensified the nationwide debate about gun control and school safety. Inspired by the activism of the Parkland survivors, students nationwide are engaging in walkouts and protests.

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