Mark Thompson primarily represents public school districts and Boards of Education in the areas of general education law, governance matters including the Brown Act and Public Records Act, certificated and classified employee discipline and reductions in force, harassment and discrimination complaints, grievances, collective bargaining and contract administration. He represents districts before PERB, OCR, DFEH, EEOC, and OAH, and in state and federal courts. He also advises on copyright, trademark, licensing and other intellectual property matters.
- Del M. Grace v. Beaumont Unified School District (2013) 216 Cal.App.4th 1325. Probationary teacher challenged non-reelection on the basis that she did not receive notice by personal service or certified mail prior to March 15. Court held the absence of personal service or proof of service by certified mail prior to March 15 was not required where she received actual notice before the deadline.
- Edwards v. Lake Elsinore Unified School District (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 1532. Former permanent teacher returned within 39 months as a substitute and worked an entire school year in place of a teacher on medical leave. In the following year, she was given a regular teaching position and was granted permanent status and retroactive seniority due to the “tacking” rule in Education Code Section 44918 and the restoration of permanence rule of Section 44931. Teacher claimed she was also entitled to a retroactive pay increase to that of a regular teacher in the substitute year. Court held the substitute classification was proper and tacking under Section 44918 does not entitle the employee to a retroactive pay increase.
News & Publications
Events & Speaking Engagements
Mr. Thompson presents at workshops and conferences on various subjects in education, employment and labor, governance, and copyright law, and is a trainer for AB 1825 sexual harassment avoidance and in the FRISK® Documentation Model. He trains public agencies on boardsmanship, the Brown Act, ethics and conflicts of interest, investigations, and employee discipline. He also is a featured presenter for the Inland Personnel Council.
Alerts & Articles
- Governor Newsom Modifies the Classified Dismissal and Suspension Process for K-12 School Districts and Community College Districts10.18.2022
- Expanded Opportunity for California Community College Districts to Obtain Information about Potential Students from Local Agencies10.18.2022
- The Ninth Circuit Holds that Official Use of a Social Media Platform Created a Public Forum, and Blocking Members of the Public Violated the First Amendment08.03.2022
- Court of Appeal Rules That Trial Courts May Exercise Discretion to Deny Attorney Fee Awards in California Public Records Act Lawsuits Achieving Minimal or Insignificant Results05.02.2022
- President Trump Signs the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 Into Law, Allocating Billions of Dollars for Use by Local Educational Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education01.05.2021
- California Department of Public Health Issues New Guidance Concerning a Pathway to Physically Open Elementary Schools for In-Person Instruction08.07.2020
- California Department of Public Health Amends Face Covering Guidance — Schools Are Subject to a Broad Face Covering Mandate06.20.2020
- California Department of Public Health Issues Statewide Face-Covering Mandate. Community Colleges Are Not Exempt; Schools May Have Limited Exemption06.19.2020
- Southern California Health Orders Govern the Ability of Educational Employers to Return Non-Essential Workers to Campus06.02.2020
- California Supreme Court Holds Public Records Sent Through Private Email Accounts and Devices May Be Subject to Disclosure03.03.2017
Mr. Thompson is a frequent contributor to firm publications.
- EdLawConnect Blog, 06.26.2014