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2021 Updates: Annual Notice of Parental Rights and Responsibilities

As school districts and county offices of education prepare to update their parental annual notices (Annual Notice) for the upcoming school year, they should be aware of two mandatory changes to Annual Notices for 2021 concerning the transfer rights of bullying victims and Uniform Complaint Procedures, as well as new annual notification and posting requirements

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SB 95 - COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On March 19, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 95 into law.

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New Grant Funding for HVAC and Plumbing Improvements to K-12 Schools

Signed by Gavin Newsom in September 2020, Assembly Bill 841 (AB 841) created the “School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program” (the SEES Program) which, in turn, created two new grant programs intended to fund specific air quality, ventilation, energy efficiency, plumbing, and water efficiency improvements.

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New Appellate Court Case Holds College Not Required to Hold Live Evidentiary Hearing before Issuing Written Reprimand

The California Court of Appeal has held that a community college's issuance of a written reprimand to a student found in violation of the college's policy against harassment does not entitle the student to a live evidentiary hearing.

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CDPH Guidance for Schools Creates Challenges and New Reopening Criteria

On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance (the Guidance) for all of California's local educational agencies (LEAs), including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, and private school

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Update on Timeline for Release of 2020 Census Redistricting Data and Impact On Upcoming CVRA Deadlines

As stated in our February 2021 Client News Brief (link here), the impact of COVID-19 caused the Census Bureau to delay delivery of the 2020 Census apportionment data to the states.

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Expiration of Expanded and Supplemental Leave under Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act and AB 1867

In March of 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed by Congress.

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Release of the 2020 Census Data, its Relevance under the California Voting Rights Act, and its Impact on Public Agency Elections

In October of 2020, the United States Census Bureau completed "the count" for the 2020 Decennial Census.

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Redefining Sex: How the Office of Civil Rights Distinguishes Title VII from Title IX in Relation to Transgender Athletes

The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County Georgia (2020) 590 U.S. __ [140 S.Ct. 1731] is producing ripple effects in the legal community.

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