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Episode 43 Catching Up, and Looking Forward: Student Issues After a Year of COVID-19 and Heading Back to School in 2021-2022



Host Sloan Simmons joins Lozano Smith attorneys Ruth Mendyk and Joshua Whiteside to discuss updates to district policies and practices during the 2020-21 school year, pending legislation on student retention and grading issues for 2021-22 and proposed curriculum and kindergarten / preschool related issues for future years.

Show Notes & References

  • 2:30 – Assembly Bill (AB) 1127 – Expanded transfer rights to victims of bullying (Client News Brief 74)
  • 4:34 – Education Code 48900(r) – Student discipline for bullying
  • 6:35 – Heightened transportation obligation within AB 1127
  • 7:55 – Changes to conditions for student UCP (Uniform Complaint Procedures) complaints (Client News Brief 77)
  • 10:35 – Face masks
  • 11:20 – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines (Client News Brief 3)
  • 12:30 – Vaccinations
  • 16:47 – June 15th reopening
  • 17:46 – Masks and buses (Executive Order 13998)
  • 19:26 – AB 104 – Student retention
  • 26:29 – AB 104 timelines
  • 28:10 – Pass/no pass grades (Education Code 49066.5)
  • 31:10 – Senate Bill (SB) 545 – Student retention
  • 36:56 – AB 101 – Ethnic studies curriculum
  • 38:24 – California State Board of Education (CSBE) adopted curriculum
  • 38:54 – Critical race theory & teaching about race
  • 42:54 – AB 22 – Expanded transitional kindergarten
  • 43:26 – SB 50 – California state preschool program
  • 44:05 – Virtual instruction & independent study

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