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Another Court Rules that Consultant Contracts May be Void Due to Conflict of Interest

A school district consultant's services agreements may be void under Government Code section 1090, even though the consultant is not an officer or employee of the school district.

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Court Rules that Trump's Viewpoint-Based Twitter Blocking Violates the First Amendment

In Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that President Donald J. Trump's act of blocking Twitter users who criticized his policies from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account violated the users' right to free speech.

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Alert: California Public Records Act Requests Regarding Lease-Leaseback Procedures

Many school districts throughout the state have recently received one or more California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests from the California Taxpayers Action Network (CalTAN) and the Carlin Law Group regarding lease-leaseback (LLB) transactions.

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California Supreme Court Limits Employers' Ability to Classify Workers as Independent Contractors

In Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, the California Supreme Court adopted a new test for determining whether a worker should be considered an employee or an independent contractor for the purposes of wage orders adopted by California's Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC).

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Court of Appeal Clarifies Issues Impacting Student Expulsions for Sexual Battery

The California Court of Appeal's recent opinion resolves several issues of first impression significant to student expulsion proceedings involving sexual battery.

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Juvenile Court School Students Gain New Educational Options

A new law permits students enrolled in juvenile court schools to voluntarily defer or decline the issuance of a diploma for meeting state graduation requirements so that the student may take additional coursework at the juvenile court school or, once released, at a school operated by a local educational agency (LEA).

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California Attorney General Publishes Guide on the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students and Families

The California Attorney General's Office (AG) has published a comprehensive guide and model policies to equip local educational agencies (LEAs) with information and resources for addressing immigration enforcement actions and also, hate crimes and bullying that target immigrants.

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Court Confirms That Calculation of Level 1 Developer Fees for Apartment Buildings Includes Interior Common Areas

A California court has confirmed that school districts are authorized to assess Level 1 developer fees against interior common areas of apartment buildings, including hallways and walkways.

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Local Agencies May Enact Presentation Requirements for Childhood Sexual Abuse Claims, Court Rules

The Fifth District Court of Appeal's opinion in Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District v. Superior Court holds, for the first time, that local agencies may enact local claims procedures under the Government Claims Act...

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