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Ninth Circuit Focuses on Timing of Student’s Due Process Complaint for Stay Put Placement

In a recent decision, N.E. v. Seattle School District (9th Cir., Nov. 17, 2016, No. 15-35910) ___ Fed.Appx. ___ 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20612, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s denial of a student’s request for injunctive relief related to their stay put placement.

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Court of Appeal Weighs In On Non-Educational State Agency's Role in Providing Related Services

In its recent decision in Department of Health Care Services v. Office of Administrative Hearings(Nov. 29, 2016, F071023) __ Cal.App.4th __ <http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/F071023.PDF>, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal held that during a dispute between a local education agency (LEA) and a non-educat

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Attorney Invoices are Subject to Disclosure under the Public Records Act

The California Supreme Court has ruled that invoices from a public agency's legal counsel are subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), with limited exceptions. Invoices for work in pending and active legal matters may generally be shielded from disclosure under the attorney-client privilege.

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All Local Agencies Must Adopt Debt Policy Prior to Debt Issuance as of January 1, 2017

As Lozano Smith previously reported, on September 12, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 1029, which requires all California public agencies to report annually on any debt sold on or after January 21, 2017.

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School District Bid Threshold Raised for 2017

According to the California Department of Education Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services, the bid threshold for K-12 school districts' purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $88,300, effective January 1, 2017.

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Proposition 64: Legal and Practical Considerations

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed the "Control, Regulation and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act" ("Prop. 64"), legalizing recreational marijuana use for those 21 years old and older.

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Labor and Employment Legislative Update, Part Two

Governor Jerry Brown considered several bills this legislative season that impact the rights of public employees and their employers.

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Labor and Employment Legislative Update, Part One

Governor Jerry Brown considered several bills this legislative season that impact the rights of public employees and their employers.

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Student Walkouts: Free Speech Rights vs. Truancy Rules

Following this week's national election, school officials around the state have been faced with threatened or actual student walkouts.

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