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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 6 a pilot program to digitally transmit documents related to employment discrimination charges. The program, called ACT Digital, will roll out in 11 of EEOC’s 53 offices by the end of this month. Only one of the pilot program locations, EEOC’s San Francisco office, is in California.

The EEOC enforces federal laws that prohibit ...

The Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries (known as the “E-rate program”) is the government’s largest educational technology program and is implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The E-rate program helps eligible schools obtain affordable broadband (internet connection).

In July and December 2014, the FCC adopted E-rate Modernization Orders. Based on data ...

The use of social media by teachers and other school employees can have positive effects on the educational environment.  For example, social media can promote collaboration among teachers, and can provide an effective means of communication between teachers and parents.  However, educational employers have also found that access to social media during the workday can lead to decreased employee ...

Despite YouTube’s Popularity with School-Age Youth, Teachers Should Think Twice Before Asking Students to Upload Class Projects to YouTube

In a previous post, we discussed some of the legal issues associated with students uploading coursework on YouTube. This EdLawConnect entry continues that discussion.

Bullying-Related Concerns

Perhaps the most salient concern with students uploading their own ...

Despite YouTube’s Popularity with School-Age Youth, Teachers Should Think Twice Before Asking Students to Upload Class Projects to YouTube

Several studies have reported that YouTube is the most popular social media site among teenagers. Some studies and articles report teens and “tweens” prefer YouTube to both traditional television and other social networking sites.

In light of YouTube’s ...

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Last month a California Court of Appeal held that while electronic signatures are valid on employment arbitration agreements in California, if an employee disputes an electronic signature, the employer bears the burden of proving the employee electronically signed the document. (Ruiz v. Moss Brothers Auto Group (2014) 2014 WL 7335221.) This decision can guide K-12 school districts and community college ...

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ConnectEDU, a college and career advising startup that holds the personal information of millions of students, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2014. ConnectEDU developed college- and career-planning sites where students could create personal profiles. As a result, ConnectEDU held a considerable amount of personally identifiable information including students’ names, dates of birth ...

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California has adopted the Smarter Balanced Assessment System designed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, an organization formed to create assessments aligned to the Common Core academic content standards. This transition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative was initiated by Assembly Bill 484, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 2, 2013.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment ...

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Under current law, an operator of a commercial Web site, online service, online application, or mobile applications that knows its service is being used by or directed to minors is required to: (1) make its privacy policy available to consumers; (2) notify consumers of the personal information it is collecting from them; (3) disclose the purpose for which collected information will be used; and (4) give ...

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court found that the exemptions for warrantless searches of arrestees for weapons or evidence, justified by the need for officer safety and to prevent destruction of evidence, did not apply to searching electronic data on a cell phone.  The Court unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search cellphones of people they arrest.  The court heard arguments in two cases and ...

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