All posts by Lozano Smith

Episode 22: Course Correction? The Legislature Looks at Big Changes for Charter Schools in California



Host Devon Lincoln talks with Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor about new charter school legislation causing a stir in Sacramento.  If enacted, the pending bills will drastically alter California’s current charter school landscape.

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Episode 21: Watts in Your Wallet – Financing Clean Energy Projects (Part 1)



In Part I of a 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 wide range of such projects and the challenges public agencies face in determining how to finance them.

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Episode 20: From ABC to CBD – When Marijuana and Schools Collide



The issue of students using marijuana in California’s public schools is ever-evolving, leaving many confused as to the state of the law. Sloan Simmons engages experts in this area of school law, Aimee Perry and Alyssa Bivins, on the most recent developments, including issues for school districts to consider when it comes to student discipline, special education, medication administration, as well as possible changes to state and federal law regarding cannabis which, if passed, would affect school districts. This thoughtful discussion fully explores the latest on these topics, including trending practices and options for school officials.

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Episode 19: Religion in the Schools – A Vehicle for Inclusivity



Attorney Michael Smith, joined by associate Josh Whiteside, talks with host Devon Lincoln about the role that religion plays in the lives of public school students and their teachers and other staff, and how schools can create a climate of inclusivity and support for students of every background and faith tradition.

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Episode 18: Restraints – How the Law Guides Some of the Most Challenging Classroom Decisions



In a wide ranging discussion on a sensitive and challenging topic, Devon Lincoln discusses the law regarding the use of restraints in school with special education attorneys Sarah Garcia and Roxana Khan. The attorneys discuss real world experiences, the law that applies in this area, and how staff and administrators can best approach these difficult issues.

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Episode 17: How Many Charter Schools Are Too Many Charter Schools? A Statewide Debate



Devon Lincoln talks with charter school law experts Ed Sklar and Claudia Weaver about the statewide conversation currently surrounding charter schools and the impact they have on traditional public schools.  From recent teacher strikes, to the election of a new Superintendent of Public Instruction, to a raft of new legislative proposals, the role of charter schools is front and center in California politics right now.  Ed and Claudia discuss the shift in the debate regarding charter schools, the origins of this debate, the issues it raises, and what the future might hold for educational options in the state.

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Episode 16: It’s Time to Fill Out Your Form 700!



It’s that time of year, when California public servants must prepare and submit their annual statements of economic interest.  The statement, commonly referred to as Form 700, is due on April 2 this year.  Devon Lincoln talks to ethics expert Tom Gauthier about common pitfalls in filling out the form, what you need to know to get it right, and why it matters.

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  • 7:14  CSBA Sample Policy Conflict of Interest – Board Bylaw 9270
  • 8:35  Form 700 – 2018/2019 Statement of Economic Interests (Link to Form 700 Document)
  • 17:15  Reference Pamphlet – 2018/2019 Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests (Link to Reference Pamphlet)

 

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Episode 15: Life with Janus



Labor and employment specialists Lou Lozano and Darren Kameya join Devon Lincoln for a discussion of the unique challenges arising at the public employee union bargaining table in 2019. The conversation covers the fallout from the 2018 Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the implications of the LAUSD strike and other labor actions, and how public agencies can attempt to navigate in these complicated times.

Lozano Smith is pleased to provide public agencies with an in-depth Janus Toolkit including important background information, answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation checklist, templates for communication, and more. Download the toolkit at: www.lozanosmith.com/janustoolkit.

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Episode 14: Police in Schools – The Role of a School Resource Officer



The role of law enforcement officers on school campuses is not well understood.  Devon Lincoln is joined by attorney Tom Manniello, an expert in student discipline issues and discipline reform, and Jenell Van Bindsbergen, an attorney specializing in working with police officers and police departments.  In a wide ranging discussion, the panelists lay out the complex issues that come up when an officer polices a school campus.

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  • Client News Brief: Settlement Addresses Discriminatory Treatment of Minority Students and Students with Disabilities (Link to CNB)
  • Client News Brief: New Law Requires Legal Consult Prior to Custodial Interrogation of Minor Under Age 16 (Link to CNB)

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Episode 13: ACSA Keynote Address – Everything I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned at the Table



This special episode of the podcast features a discussion with negotiator Sarah Kaatz and shares extended excerpts from her successful keynote address at the 2019 ACSA Negotiators’ Symposium. Attorney Devon Lincoln talks with Sarah about the life insights she draws on to negotiate with public employee unions in a range of challenging scenarios.

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