Appellate Court rules Santa Monica’s at-large election method did not violate the CVRA

On July 9, 2020, a California Court of Appeal ruled that the City of Santa Monica’s use of an at-large election method did not violate the California Voting Rights Act in Pico Neighborhood Association v. City of Santa Monica. This is the first time a […]

Judge blocks U.S. Department of Education from enforcing CARES Act private school funding rule

On Aug. 21, 2020, a federal judge ruled against the U.S. Department of Education in Washington v. DeVos, a lawsuit over how much coronavirus aid public schools must set aside for private school students. The U.S. Department of Education’s interim final rule issued earlier this […]

Court rules in favor of eliminating pension “spiking”

On July 30, 2020, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Association v. Alameda County Employees Retirement Association that the Legislature was allowed to eliminate pension “spiking,” where employees artificially increased their earnings (and, in turn, their pension) in their last […]

CSBA legal webinar explains latest on distance learning, layoffs, liability

The familiar back-to-school process for the new school year looks much different as governing boards across the state are wading through reopening plans in the face of new legal requirements and amid evolving guidance. To aid board members and local educational agencies, CSBA is holding […]

Ninth Circuit upholds existing FAPE rules in A.W. v. Tehachapi Unified School District

On June 25, 2020, in a special education case in which CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance filed an amicus brief, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the district in an unpublished opinion in A.W. v. Tehachapi Unified School District, upholding the district […]

CSBA webinar provides guidance on board meetings and Brown Act waivers during stay-at-home order

The second in a series of CSBA webinars to help governance teams best navigate the uncertainty of school closures caused by the novel coronavirus focused on how board meetings can best be conducted while adhering to still-active Brown Act requirements. “Open Board Meetings in a […]

Conducting remote school board meetings: What board members should know

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed daily life in California, including how the public’s business is conducted at school district and county office of education board meetings. For some board members, the idea of discussing agenda items in person, with members of the public sitting […]

Changes to special education processes announced by the Office of Administrative Hearings

Announced on April 15, 2020, and effective on the same date, the Office of Administrative Hearings will be conducting all mediations, prehearing conferences and due process hearings remotely, either through video conference or by telephone. All special education hearing rooms at OAH locations are closed […]