Episode 32: AB 48 Would Have A Big Impact on School Facilities – If Voters Approve (A Bonus Episode of the Lozano Smith podcast)



Host Devon Lincoln talks with attorneys Daniel Maruccia and Harold Freiman about what AB 48 could mean for school facilities funding if approved by the voters in March 2020.

Show Notes & References

    • 2:52  3-legged stool
    • 4:49  Prop 47 (2002)
    • 5:09  Prop 55 (2004)
    • 5:30  Prop 1D (2006)
    • 6:24  Prop 51 (2016)
    • 10:42  AB 48 (2019) (Client News Brief 62 – October 2019)
    • 13:25  School Facilities Programs (SFP)
    • 17:00  Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) / State Allocation Board (SAB)
    • 23:35  Prop 39 bonds
    • 24:01  Tax rate limit
    • 30:29  Sterling fees (1986)
    • 30:56  SB 50 (1997) – School impact fee law

 

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Episode 31: Fall 2019 Legislative Roundup – Student Bills



Sloan Simmons talks with Lozano Smith Student Practice Group Leaders Ruth Mendyk and Aimee Perry regarding this year’s legislative enactments impacting students and tips for school districts in preparing for compliance with these new laws.

Show Notes & References

 

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Episode 30: Charter School Reform Laws Have Been Enacted – Now What?



Following months of discussion regarding the impact that charter schools have had on traditional public schools, the Legislature has passed, and Governor Newsom has signed, two bills that will have wide-ranging impacts on California charter schools and their authorizers. Joining host Devon Lincoln to discuss these new laws, and what charter school authorizers need to know about these changes, are attorneys Megan Macy and Ed Sklar.

Show Notes & References

 

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Episode 29: Top Myths of School Avoidance (Part 2)



In Part 2 of our discussion on school avoidance, Sloan Simmons continues the discussion with Jennifer Baldassari and Susan Bishop about case examples, myths, and best practices.

Show Notes & References

  • 3:15  Confirmation Bias
  • 7:10  General Education Interventions (Ed. Code 56303)
  • 8:45  ERMHS Assessments
  • 10:30  Orinda Union School District v. Student  (2017) OAH Case No. 2017060787
  • 14:40  Lucia Mar Unified School District v. Student  (2017) OAH Case No. 2017020299
  • 16:20  Residential Treatment Centers
  • 23:20  Parent v. Berkeley Unified School District  (2018) OAH Case No. 2018030517
  • 34:37  Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District  (2018) OAH Case No. 2017110028
  • 47:19  Takeaways

 

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Episode 28: Top Myths of School Avoidance (Part 1)



In Part 1 of our discussion on school avoidance, Sloan Simmons talks with Jennifer Baldassari and Susan Bishop about the challenges districts face in school avoidance issues from both a legal and practical perspective, highlighting the top myths associated with school avoidance along the way.

Show Notes & References

 

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Episode 27: What Is Least Restrictive Environment? What the Courts Say



Host Sloan Simmons talks to Lozano Smith’s Special Education Practice Group Leader Marcy Gutierrez and special education litigator Kristy Boyes about the challenges schools face in providing the least restrictive environment (LRE) to students with special needs, and what guidance we can glean from federal law as enunciated by the Ninth Circuit, including in the 2019 case of Solorio v. Clovis Unified School District (J.S.) (9th Cir. Jan. 15, 2019) Case No. 17-16625, which was litigated by Sloan and Kristy before the district court and Ninth Circuit.

Show Notes & References

  • 1:42  LRE (Least Restrictive Environment) – 20 U.S.C. § 1412(a)(5); 34 C.F.R. § 300.114; 34 C.F.R. § 300.115
  • 2:50  IDEA (Individual with Disabilities Education Act) – 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.
  • 7:34  Sacramento City Unified Sch. Dist. v. Rachel H. (9th Cir. 1994) 14 F.3d 1398
  • 11:05  Poolaw v. Bishop (9th Cir. 1995) 567 F.3d 830
  • 20:12  K.M. v. Tehachapi Unified Sch. Dist. (E.D. Cal. Apr. 5, 2017) Case No. 1:15-cv-001835 LJO JLT, 2017 WL 1348807
  • 23:02  Solorio v. Clovis Unified Sch. Dist. (J.S.) (9th Cir. Jan. 15, 2019) Case No. 17-16625, 748 Fed.Appx. 146
  • 32:47  R.M. by and through S.M. v. Gilbert Unified Sch. Dist. (9th Cir. Apr. 24, 2019) Case No. 17-16722, 768 Fed.Appx. 720
  • 34:45  Baquerizo v. Garden Grove Unified Sch. Dist. (9th Cir. 2016) 826 F.3d 1179

 

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Episode 26: No Easy Answers – Cities, School Districts, and the Statewide Affordable Housing Crisis



As California seeks legislative solutions for the statewide housing crisis, new laws increasingly seek to ease the path toward construction of affordable housing.  Implementation of these laws has widespread financial and planning impacts on cities, counties and school districts.  Host Devon Lincoln talks with Harold Freiman and Bill Curley about the affordable housing crisis and the repercussions of the new laws at the local level.  This conversation explores how cities and counties are effected by the increasingly centralized state laws, and how the resulting increase in the pace of development impacts school districts.

Show Notes & References

 

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Episode 25: The Evolving Landscape of Title IX Compliance



Title IX impacts more than just college athletics. Host Sloan Simmons talks with Michelle Cannon and Stephanie White of Lozano Smith’s Title IX Impact Team about the current status of the law, including the proposed regulations which contain sweeping revisions to existing practices. This conversation explores the depth and breadth of Title IX and provides important insights for all public school administrators in K-12 through college.

Show Notes & References

 

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Episode 24: Watts in Your Wallet – Financing Clean Energy Projects (Part 2)



In Part 2 of our discussion on the complex topic of clean energy projects and how they are financed, Sloan Simmons talks with Devon Lincoln and Daniel Maruccia about the options for financing such projects and the overarching themes impacting this area of the law.

Show Notes & References

 

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Episode 23: Looking at the Bottom Line – How California’s State Budget Process Directly Impacts Your School District’s Options



Host Devon Lincoln talks with veteran experts Karen Rezendes and Mattie Scott about the California budget process, Governor Newsom’s first State budget (just passed on June 13), and the high stakes local school districts face when planning around the annual budget process.

Show Notes & References

  • 5:40  Prop 13 (1978)
  • 10:57  Prop 4, the “Gann Limit” Initiative (1979)
  • 11:29  Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) (PL 94-142)
  • 11:35  Education Employment Relations Act (EERA) (1976)
  • 12:12  Tax Reform Act of 1986
  • 12:36  Prop 98 (1988)
  • 17:18  Prop 111 (1990)
  • 18:51  CTA et al. v. Gould (1996)
  • 19:51  Prop 140 (1990)
  • 23:47  Prop 25 (2010)
  • 34:36  Prop 2 (2014)

 

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