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Rescission of DACA: What Public Agencies Need to Know

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program temporarily permitted some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to lawfully stay, attend school, and work in the U.S. without the threat of deportation.

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Significant New Title IX Guidance on Handling Sexual Misconduct: What Schools Need to Know

New guidance on schools' responsibilities for addressing claims of sexual misconduct under Title IX places greater emphasis on the rights of those accused of sexual misconduct.

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Court Eliminates Registration Requirement for Model Aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may no longer require the registration of model aircraft, following the D.C. Circuit's decision inHuerta v. Taylor.

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Two New Laws Intended to Address Teacher Shortage

Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills intended to ease California's teacher shortage. Assembly Bill (AB) 681 seeks to expedite processing of credential applications for teachers who studied in other countries, while AB 170 eliminates the requirement that an applicant for a multiple subject teaching credential possess a bachelor's degree in a subject other than education.

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California Supreme Court Denies Untimely Childhood Sexual Abuse Damages Claim

A divided California Supreme Court threw out a woman's claim against a public agency arising from resurfaced memories of alleged sexual abuse in the early 1990s because it was not submitted to the public agency by the six-month deadline for submitting such claims under the Government Claims Act. (Rubenstein v. Doe No. 1 et al. (Aug. 28, 2017, No. S234269)__ Cal.5th __.)

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California Department of Education Issues Dyslexia Guidelines

The California Department of Education (CDE) has published new guidelines for serving students with dyslexia. The California Dyslexia Guidelines can be found here.

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Discovery of Public Records after Requester Filed Lawsuit Leads to Attorney Fee Award for Plaintiff

A California appeals court has found a city liable for attorney's fees after determining that a related lawsuit prompted the city to produce records during the litigation that the plaintiff had first sought through a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request.

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New Law Broadens List of Sex Offenses that Lead to Immediate Suspension of Teaching Credential

State lawmakers have revised the list of sex offenses that mandate the immediate suspension of a teaching credential. These changes take effect on January 1, 2018.

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Environmental Review Not Necessarily Required Prior to Approval of a Real Property Purchase Agreement

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled that the execution of a purchase and sale agreement for real property that is contingent upon compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not trigger a public agency's duty to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under CEQA.

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