Supreme Court decision limits recovery for emotional distress in Title VI and Title IX discrimination claims

In Cummings vs. Premier Rehab Keller PLLC, the Supreme Court held that damages for emotional distress are not available for discrimination claims based in four federal statutes. In the 6-3 opinion, the Court specifically reviewed a claim of disability discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act of […]

Schools should expect state guidance on independent study for students with disabilities

On Feb. 28, 2022, in the litigation action E.E. v. State of California, a judge in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction that ordered the California Department of Education to provide guidance to local educational agencies requiring […]

California school board members don’t have surety bonds: a new CPRA request explained

Multiple school districts and county offices of education have recently received California Public Records Act or Freedom of Information Act requests for copies of board members’ “surety bonds.” The request may claim that all public officials, including elected board members, are required to obtain a […]

Charter school employees prohibited from serving on county boards of education in counties where employing schools are

On Nov. 2, 2021, California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued an advisory opinion (No. 20-102) concluding that executive directors and other charter school employees — like employees of traditional public schools — may not serve as members of the county board of education in the […]

Answers provided to tough questions surrounding student off-campus speech case

The Supreme Court’s June ruling in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. has sowed uncertainty among local educational agencies across the country grappling with how to best handle student behavior off-campus. A Sept. 30 webinar hosted by the National School Boards Association and the National […]