Posts from March 2014.

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a significant Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving breast-cancer awareness bracelets worn by middle and high school students around the country. The bracelets bear the message “I ♥ boobies! (KEEP A BREAST),” which some school administrators and teachers consider inappropriate. In B.H. ex rel. Hawk v. Easton Area School District (3d Cir ...

Categories: Student Issues

State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), with the support of the California School Boards Association (“CSBA”), has drafted a bill that would streamline the teacher dismissal process and specify additional types of conduct that can be charged by school districts. Senate Bill 843 would also make teacher dismissal procedures fairer for school districts, make it easier to remove teachers charged with ...

Categories: Labor/Employment

Under the California Public Records Act (Government Code § 6250 et seq. (“PRA”)), a public agency must make public records available, upon request, in any electronic format in which the agency maintains the information. If a specific format is requested, the agency must produce the records in that format if the agency has used the format to create copies for its own use or to provide to other agencies ...

Categories: Technology

Under the Civic Center Act (Education Code Section 38130 et seq.), every public school facility is considered a civic center where citizens, school-community councils, and clubs, as well as senior, recreation, education, political, artistic, and other organizations may meet. A school district may grant use of school facilities and grounds upon certain terms and conditions deemed proper by the governing ...

If you did a double-take when you read the title of this post, or re-read it to make sure you saw what you thought you saw, you are probably not alone. But it is accurate: on February 27, 2014 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that high school administrators did not violate the constitutional rights of students when it required them to turn their American flag shirts inside-out or go home for the remainder ...

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