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…
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State Increases Limits to Developer Fees and Contracting Amounts

Update: On February 24, 2016, the State Allocation Board approved adjustments to the Level I developer fees.  The residential development amount was increased to $3.48 per square foot (from $3.39) and $0.56 per square foot for commercial/industrial…
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School Districts Must Initiate Due Process Hearing After Impasse

November 19, 2015 CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE SECTION 56346(f) COMPELS A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO INITIATE A DUE PROCESS HEARING WHEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE PARENTS REACH AN IMPASSE In a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the…
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Labor Code Legislation Mandating Equal Pay for “Substantially Similar Work”

Labor Code Section 1197.5 has been amended by SB 358 and will become effective on January 1, 2016. The law prohibits employers, including school and community college districts, from paying an employee wage rates less than rates paid to the…

SB 532 Amends Education Code § 35012 Regarding Student Board Members

Effective January 1, 2016, Education Code section 35012 regarding student representation on governing boards maintaining one or more high schools is amended to provide: 1. The governing board has 60 days after receipt of a petition for pupil…
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Use of Lease-Leaseback Contracting Method in light of Davis v. Fresno Unified School District

For the past several years, school districts throughout the State of California have increasingly utilized the lease-leaseback contracting method to complete their new construction and modernization projects. Since 1957, the Legislature has…
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OSEP Expands Parents' Right to an IEE to an Area Not Previously Assessed by the School District's Evaluation

In a letter dated February 23, 2015, the United States Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services ("OSEP) stated that when a parent disagrees with a school district evaluation because a child was not assessed…

Title IX Enforced to Level the Playing Field for Female Student Athletes

In Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High Sch. Dist., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 18020 (9th Cir. Cal. Sept. 19, 2014) U.S.C.A. 9th, DAR p. 12983, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a high school failed to provide or expand equal participation to…