Lease-Leaseback and Design-Build Construction Methods

Introduction The areas of lease-leaseback and design-build construction methods for schools are complicated. This blog provides a general overview of the laws surrounding each method and a guide to help your district decide which method is…

Department of Education Rescinds Policy for Investigating Campus Sexual Assault under Title IX

  On September 22, 2017, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the end of existing guidelines regarding campus sexual assault, replacing them with interim rules that allow colleges and universities to use a heightened standard…
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Assembly Bill Adds 6 Weeks Paid Leave for School and College Employees

UPDATE: Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 568 on October 15, 2017. Governor Brown encouraged districts to consider participating in the State Disability Insurance program to provide employees with additional paid leave and expressed his…
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New Law Imposes Significant Changes to Public Works Contractor Registration and Prevailing Wage Reporting

On June 27, 2017 Governor Brown signed SB 96 which is effective immediately and will be implemented by the Department of Industrial Relations starting July 1, 2017. SB 96 makes significant changes to the contractor registration and prevailing…

Ninth Circuit Rules That Partially Implemented, Multi-Stage IEP, As A Whole, Is Student’s Then-Current Special Education Placement

On November 17, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided N.E. v. Seattle School District, in which it considered how to identify a student’s “then-current”/“stay-put” special education placement when a parent brings a due process…
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Court Issues Ruling in Favor of State Allocation Board in Lawsuit Regarding Level III Developer Fees

On May 25, 2016 the State Allocation Board (“SAB”) voted to authorize Level III Developer Fees, consistent with Government Code section 65995.7. Shortly thereafter the California Building Industry Association (“CBIA”) filed a lawsuit…

Sacramento Superior Court Issues Tentative Ruling in Favor of State Allocation Board in Lawsuit Regarding Level III Developer Fees

As you will recall, on May 25, 2016 the State Allocation Board (“SAB”) voted to authorize Level III Developer Fees, consistent with Government Code section 65995.7. Shortly thereafter the California Building Industry Association (“CBIA”)…

Students Entering Kindergarten or 7th grade Can No Longer Rely on Personal Belief Exemptions to Avoid Vaccination Requirements

  July 1, 2016  SB 277 Reminder: Law Now Fully In Effect Effective today, July 1, 2016, students entering kindergarten or 7th grade (known as “vaccination checkpoints”) must be vaccinated and can no longer rely on a personal…

U.S. Department of Education Releases Updated Clery Act Handbook for Colleges and Universities

                                                      June 30, 2016 The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("Clery Act") is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C.…
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State Allocation Board Authorizes Level III Developer Fees for the First Time; TRO Issued

May 27, 2016 At Wednesday’s meeting of the State Allocation Board, the Board voted to authorize Level III developer fees, consistent with Government Code section 65995.7.  This is the first time the Board has authorized the levying of…
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Court of Appeal Rules Competitive Bids Not Required for School District Entering Into Lease-Leaseback Contracts for New Facilities

May 16, 2016 The California Court of Appeal has issued a new decision regarding the use of lease-leaseback  agreements for school construction projects.  In the case entitled Mcgee v. Balfour Beatty Construction LLC, (Cal App., 2016 DJDAR…