Posts from November 2011.

The California Penal Code requires mandatory registration as a sex offender for persons convicted of specific sex offenses. The law provides a different list of offenses for persons convicted as adults than those convicted as minors. As the law currently stands, a juvenile sex offender’s information is not published and an adult sex offender can petition the Sex Offender Tracking Program to be excluded ...

After the initial publicity surrounding Governor Brown’s unexpected veto of the student fee legislation, AB 165, there was a bit of a lull in the media attention paid to the topic. Thankfully, though, the veto and some misinformation reported in the media immediately after − e.g., a blog post headline stating AB 165 was a bill “banning pay-for-play sports fees,” when such fees have been explicitly ...

Categories: Student Issues

Despite opposition from various public agency groups supporting school and community college districts, Senate Bill 293 was signed into law. The new law limits retention on public works projects to five percent. Codified as Public Contract Code section 7201, the limit on retention applies to all contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2012.

In Palomar Community College District (2011) PERB Decision No. 2213-E, the Public Employment Relations Board (“Board”) clarified that a side letter of agreement between parties does not automatically expire when the parties reach agreement on a subsequent collective bargaining agreement ("CBA").

In Palomar, the employer issued a letter of reprimand based on a 2005 side letter addressing ...
Categories: Labor/Employment

The adoption of acceptable use policies to establish the nature and limits of employee and student access to and use of computer systems is by now a common practice. Once such policies are established, however, districts and county offices of education sometimes fail to review them to ensure they are current. In today’s rapidly changing technology environment, these policies can quickly become outdated in the face of new technologies and means of communication, the most recent examples including social networking, micro-blogging, and cloud computing.  It is important that acceptable use policies be kept current to address the impacts of new technologies.

In April 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (NY, VT, CT) upheld the discipline of a high school student based on an off-campus internet posting.  (Doninger v. Niehoff (2d Cir. 2011) 642 F.3d 334.)The student petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for review of that decision.  This week, the Court declined to review the Second Circuit’s ruling.

Avery Doninger sued Lewis Mills High School ...
Categories: Student Issues

Effective January 1, 2012, SB 8 amends the higher-education provisions of the Education Code (72690 et seq.; 89913 et seq.; and 92950 et seq.) to require auxiliary organizations of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California to comply with disclosure provisions essentially similar to the California Public Records Act, subject to certain ...
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