Authorizing school districts reach repayment settlement in charter school fraud case

In May 2019, a Grand Jury in San Diego County indicted 11 individuals involved in the group A3 Education, which ran 19 charter schools across California. The indictment alleged a scheme to siphon state funds for charter schools to A3 and the criminal defendants. During […]

Litigation and school districts: Providing FAPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Despite the remarkable efforts school districts have made to meet the legal and practical requirements of educating all students during the COVID-19 pandemic, lawsuits related to distance learning and school closures were inevitable, including lawsuits related to educating students receiving special education services. For some […]

Court declines to invalidate FPPC regulations, but governing boards gain some protection in CSAC and CSBA v. FPPC

After hearing arguments from the parties in California State Association of Counties & California School Boards Association v. Fair Political Practices Commission on Dec. 4, 2020, the superior court denied CSAC and CSBA’s petition for writ of mandate and declaratory relief on Dec. 14, 2020, […]

Ninth Circuit reinstates bar on revised public charge rule for California and several other states

On Dec. 2, 2020, in a victory for immigrant families, as well as for state and local governments and school districts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a combined appeal reinstated the lower court orders barring the Department of Homeland […]

Appellate court finds plaintiff may still recover for violation of public bidding requirements after completion of the school construction contract

On Nov. 24, 2020, a California appellate court held in Davis v. Fresno Unified School District that the plaintiff’s claim that a contract for school construction violated public bidding requirements was not moot after construction was completed, because the plaintiff could still recover by having […]

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 […]