Court of Appeal Ruling Means More Money for School Districts With New Residential Housing Projects

The California Court of Appeal’s recent decision in 1901 First Street Owner v. Tustin Unified School District (Cal.App., 2018 DJDAR 2993) means more money for school districts in developer fees when new residential housing is constructed within…

Join the attorneys of Parker & Covert at the CASH Conference February 27-28

We invite you to join the attorneys of Parker & Covert LLP at the 39th Annual CASH Conference on School Facilities, next week in Sacramento! The firm’s attorneys will be providing valuable information to attendees at CASH. Addison…

State Allocation Board Increases Residential and Commercial-Industrial School Facility Fees

  On January 24, 2018, the State Allocation Board approved substantial increases in residential and commercial-industrial school facility fees (“developer fees”) to $3.79 and $0.61 per square foot, respectively, from the current…

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…