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Senate Bill 1100 Addresses Disruptive Public Conduct at Public Meetings

On August 21, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 1100, which authorizes the presiding member of a legislative body to remove disruptive individuals during a public meeting.

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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.

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Ninth Circuit Backs Fellowship of Christian Athletes Over Non-Discrimination Policy

In a recently decided case, Fellowship of Christian Athletes v. San Jose Unified School District Board of Education (9th Cir. Aug. 29, 2022, No. 22-15827), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal district court and determined that the San Jose Unified School District’s use of its non-discrimination policy against the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) likely violat

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California Supreme Court Affirms Public School Districts Cannot be Sued Under Unruh Civil Rights Act for Disability Discrimination

The California Supreme Court recently upheld a lower court ruling that a public school district is not a “business establishment” and therefore cannot be liable for disability discrimination under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (Unruh Act or Act).

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New Law Mandates Schools to Annually Inform Parents of Safe Storage of Firearms and Expands Reporting of Middle School and High School Threats to Law Enforcement

On July 21, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 906, creating new obligations for local educational agencies (LEAs) designed to prevent firearm-related incidents at schools and addressing threats made by students in middle schools and high schools.

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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.

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New Pathway to Diploma and Other AB 181 Impacts on Special Education

Assembly Bill (AB) 181, signed into law June 30, 2022, makes a number of changes to California special education laws impacting students, families, and local educational agencies (LEAs).

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U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Disciplining Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance reinforcing the obligations of public elementary and secondary schools to provide the services, supports, interventions, strategies, and modifications to policies, all to address disability-based behavior of students with disabilities, including behavior that could lead to discipline.

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Updates Regarding CDPH Guidance for Schools and Student Vaccine Mandates Heading into the 2022-2023 School Year

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently updated its COVID-19 related guidance for K-12 schools for the 2022-2023 school year, which addresses and updates guidance on masking requirements, reporting, and paid leave.

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