According to the California Department of Education Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services, pursuant to Public Contract Code section 20111(a), the bid threshold for K-12 school district purchases of equipment, materials, supplies, and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $109,300, effective January 1, 2023.
School districts could face higher food costs and more paperwork under a bill set to take effect on January 1, 2024.
Legislature Addresses Affordable Workforce Housing on School District and County Office of Education Property
On September 28, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2295, which allows a school district or county office of education (local educational agency or LEA) that meets certain criteria to utilize its surplus property to provide affordable housing to its employees.
Governor Newsom recently signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2188, which prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees for cannabis use off the job and away from the workplace beginning January 1, 2024.
Governor Newsom signed the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (AB 185) on September 27, 2022, which included authorization for K-12 school districts to use “alternative design-build” contracts for public works projects.
Legislature Corrects Error Regarding Requirements for Schools' Adoption of Developer Fee Justification Studies
On July 19, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2536 into law. AB 2536 includes a provision to correct a drafting error in AB 602 from the prior legislative year that had sparked confusion for school districts as to the applicability of new requirements for local educational agencies conducting developer fee studies.
Ninth Circuit Holds Blocking Public from Officials' Social Media Accounts May Violate First Amendment
New case law suggests social media accounts created by public officials may be considered public forums subject to constitutional scrutiny under the First Amendment.
Last month, the State Allocation Board (SAB) affirmed its position that school districts and county offices of education must competitively bid contracts to acquire modular building components for installation on a permanent foundation, and that “piggybacking” may not be used.
Governor Newsom's Executive Order Regarding Economic Sanctions on Russia Creates Confusion for Local Agencies
On March 4, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-6-22 in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.