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Governor Signs New Student Residency Bills

On August 11, 2015, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1101 (“AB 1101”) requiring that, before a school district can undertake an investigation to determine whether a student meets residency requirements for attendance, its governing board must first adopt a policy regarding the conduct of such investigations. AB 1101 becomes effective on January 1, 2016. Also on August 11, the governor signed Senate Bill 200 (“SB 200”), which revises rules for compliance with residency requirements in certain circumstances when a student’s parent or guardian resides outside district boundaries...

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Assemblymember: Pension Ballot Measure Would Negatively Impact Teacher Retirement Security

The retirement security of California’s retired, current, and future teachers and the stability of the state’s pension fund for educators would be put at risk if a ballot measure addressing those issues is approved by California voters next November, according to an internal analysis by CalSTRS, requested by and released by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security...

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Civil Rights Groups File Complaint Alleging Discrimination in PE Access at California Schools

A coalition of civil rights and community health groups in California has filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging discriminatory practices in access to physical education.

The City Project, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and other groups said Friday disparities continue to exist in access to physical education in public schools based on race and ethnicity throughout the state...

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Federal Decision Limits California’s Local Control Over Programs to Help Low-Income Students

A U.S. Department of Education decision denying California a waiver that has been given to 43 states and eight large districts in California reduces the access of academically struggling students to high-quality programs and prevents districts from designing programs that best suit their students’ needs, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said on August 12.

"California has led the way in giving districts the opportunity to make their own decisions about how best to use state and local resources to meet their local needs," he said. "Unfortunately, this decision goes in the other direction...

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Education Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Teachers Required to Report Child Abuse

On August 13, the National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), and 15 other national organizations filed an amicus brief, “friend of the court” in the U.S. Supreme Court in Schott v. O’Reilly (formerly Wenk v. O’Reilly) urging the Court to protect teachers and other school officials from claims arising out of their mandatory obligation to report instances of suspected child abuse. The case concerns whether teachers or other school personnel – required by state law to serve as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse – are entitled to qualified immunity...

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Parents Urged to Get Children Up-to-Date on Vaccinations Before Back-to-School

California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reminds parents to make sure that their children are up-to-date on required vaccinations before the school year begins.

“Parents should put vaccinations on their back-to-school checklists,” Dr. Smith said. “Vaccinations are the best way to ensure that students are protected and to stop the spread of measles & other serious diseases.”

Children are required to have received certain vaccinations in order to attend school or child care in California. Dr. Smith urges parents to make an appointment...

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