Education Law

Educational institutions, like any public agency, are challenged to operate under applicable federal, state and local laws with scarce resources and support. They are set apart, though, from typical government organizations, having the charge to educate and nurture students while complying with strict regulations. From establishment through  day-to-day operations and growth, many of the issues they face require experienced and knowledgeable counsel to resolve.
 
Best Best & Krieger LLP provides comprehensive, cost-effective legal solutions for public and private K-12 schools, school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and universities, special education local plan areas and education foundations. We partner with our educational clients, listening carefully to the issues and working collaboratively to develop practical and legal options and solutions.
 
Whether it be advising on special education, student affairs,  charter schools issues, personnel or construction and facilities matters, BB&K’s Educational Law group is there to help.
 
Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Strategic Counsel
As a full-service firm, our educational clients benefit from our cross-disciplinary approach to service. Our education attorneys work closely with members of our highly regarded real estate, environmental, municipal and telecommunications practices. We regularly provide our clients with a wide variety of services, including:


We assist in drafting policies and procedures, offer customized training programs to help manage risk, and advocate our clients’ interests before governing bodies and in court. We stay current on the latest issues, trends and legal developments, analyzing their implications and strategizing with clients to resolve matters before legal problems ensue.

When litigation proves necessary or is the best course of action, BB&K lawyers vigorously represent clients at the state and federal levels, including in appellate courts. We also represent our school district clients in mediations and settlement conferences.
 
Industry Leaders
BB&K lawyers are active in many education-related professional organizations, including the Coalition of Adequate School Housing, California Association of School Business Officials, California Council of School Attorneys, the California and National school boards associations and the National Organization for Legal Problems in Education. Members of our team regularly present at conferences sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators, the Small School District Association and other education-related organizations.
 

 

BB&K is helping public agencies navigate Public Records Act compliance with our new Advanced Records Center. Combining legal know-how with cutting-edge technology, ARC provides comprehensive and cost-effective support for all records-related matters, including PRA requests. To learn more, visit the ARC page or email ARC@bbklaw.com

Primary Service Areas: Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Public Finance | School Finances, Developer Fees & Mitigation
Primary Service Areas: Education Law | Education Litigation
Primary Service Areas: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Christine N. Wood

Christine N. Wood

Director of PRA Services and E-Discovery Counsel

christine.wood@bbklaw.com

(213) 542-3861

Primary Service Areas: ARC: Advanced Records Center | Board Governance & Administration | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Comments, Likes and Emojis, Oh My! An Update on Evolving Social Media Law for Public Officials and Agencies
BB&K Webinar Nov 18, 2020

Comments, Likes and Emojis, Oh My! An Update on Evolving Social Media Law for Public Officials and Agencies

BB&K Free Webinar

Public Officials' New Social Media Open Meeting Law
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 20, 2020

Public Officials' New Social Media Open Meeting Law

California's AB 992 Analyzed in PublicCEO by BB&K's HongDao Nguyen and Albert Maldonado

Disclosure Obligations of Issuers in Public Offerings
BB&K Webinar Sep 30, 2020

Disclosure Obligations of Issuers in Public Offerings

BB&K Free Webinar

DOL Clarified the Federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act
Legal Alerts Sep 30, 2020

DOL Clarified the Federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act

New Rules and a Court Decision Followed the FFCRA’s Passage

Partner John E. Brown Receives James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award
Press Releases Sep 28, 2020

Partner John E. Brown Receives James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award

Riverside County Bar Association Honors Long-Term Community Service

AB 992: Open Meeting  Laws and Social Media
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2020

AB 992: Open Meeting Laws and Social Media

New California Law Addresses Prohibition on Serial Meetings on Social Media

BB&K Receives High Ranks for Law Firm Diversity
Press Releases Sep 15, 2020

BB&K Receives High Ranks for Law Firm Diversity

Firm Leadership Renews Commitment to Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Critical Habitat Designation Regulation Change Proposed
Legal Alerts Sep 10, 2020

Critical Habitat Designation Regulation Change Proposed

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Proposes New Rule Regarding Exclusion of Lands from Critical Habitat for Federally Listed Species

Rio Plaza Elementary Students Received Donated Backpacks Filled with Supplies
Press Releases Sep 09, 2020

Rio Plaza Elementary Students Received Donated Backpacks Filled with Supplies

BB&K’s Annual Operation Backpack Help Students Learn at Home

BB&K Wins Dismissal of Contaminant Exposure Lawsuit
Client Successes Aug 13, 2020

BB&K Wins Dismissal of Contaminant Exposure Lawsuit

Summary Judgment Granted to Public Agency Landlord

San Diego Business Journal Top Law Firm 2020
Press Releases Jul 31, 2020

San Diego Business Journal Top Law Firm 2020

BB&K Remains in the Top 25 of the Annual Ranking

The CCPA's Impact on Public Agencies
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 27, 2020

The CCPA's Impact on Public Agencies

BB&K's Gregg Kettles Writes About the California Consumer Privacy Act in PublicCEO

Coronavirus Relief Funds Can Be Used for FEMA Public Assistance Cost Share
Legal Alerts Jun 24, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Funds Can Be Used for FEMA Public Assistance Cost Share

Public Agencies Should Be Aware of Requirements

Partner Joseph Sanchez Named a San Diego Top Attorney
Press Releases May 20, 2020

Partner Joseph Sanchez Named a San Diego Top Attorney

Labor & Employment and Education Law Attorney Recognized by SD Metro Magazine

California Applicant’s Briefings for COVID-19 FEMA Public Assistance Scheduled
Legal Alerts May 12, 2020

California Applicant’s Briefings for COVID-19 FEMA Public Assistance Scheduled

Cal OES Providing Information via Live Webinars

Stormwater Permitting at Schools and Community Colleges
BB&K Webinar Apr 22, 2020

Stormwater Permitting at Schools and Community Colleges

BB&K Free Webinar

Third Federal Funding Bill Provides $2.2 Trillion for COVID-19 Impacts
Legal Alerts Mar 27, 2020

Third Federal Funding Bill Provides $2.2 Trillion for COVID-19 Impacts

The Legislation’s Key Provisions for Public Agencies and Local Governments

COVID-19 Legal Updates
Legal Alerts Mar 17, 2020

COVID-19 Legal Updates

The Latest on the Novel Coronavirus’ Impact on Businesses and Public Agencies

Event Feb 05, 2020

ACSA's 2020 Every Child Counts Symposium

Association of California School Administrators

New Education Laws
Legal Alerts Jan 22, 2020

New Education Laws

Part 1: California Laws Impacting Schools and School Districts for 2020

Illinois Bribery Scandal Draws Comparisons to Calif. Ethics Rules
BB&K In the News Dec 03, 2019

Illinois Bribery Scandal Draws Comparisons to Calif. Ethics Rules

BB&K's Gary Schons Interviewed by The Associated Press

Single Contractor Not Precluded from Providing Both Design and Construction Services
Legal Alerts Dec 03, 2019

Single Contractor Not Precluded from Providing Both Design and Construction Services

Case Provides Valuable Guidance for Public Agencies Wanting One Contractor for Two Phases

Reminder: New Federal 911 Law Goes Into Effect in February
Legal Alerts Oct 31, 2019

Reminder: New Federal 911 Law Goes Into Effect in February

Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone Systems

When Public Opinion Surveys Become Reportable Expenditures Under the Political Reform Act
Legal Alerts Oct 24, 2019

When Public Opinion Surveys Become Reportable Expenditures Under the Political Reform Act

FPPC Advises When Public Agencies Can Survey Voters and Disseminate Results

Surplus Land Act Requirements Expand for Local Agencies
Legal Alerts Oct 15, 2019

Surplus Land Act Requirements Expand for Local Agencies

Part 2: New California Housing Laws

BB&K Ranked No. 202 on NLJ Largest Law Firms
Press Releases Jul 08, 2019

BB&K Ranked No. 202 on NLJ Largest Law Firms

Growth Attributed to a Niche Public Law Focus and Great Results

Partner Appointed to Calif. Judicial Selection Advisory Committee
Press Releases Jul 03, 2019

Partner Appointed to Calif. Judicial Selection Advisory Committee

Jack Clarke Will Advise Governor on Judicial Appointments

BB&K Remains a Top 25 San Diego Law Firm
Press Releases May 28, 2019

BB&K Remains a Top 25 San Diego Law Firm

San Diego Business Journal’s 2019 Ranking

BB&K One of 200 Largest Law Firms in the U.S.
Press Releases May 13, 2019

BB&K One of 200 Largest Law Firms in the U.S.

Law360 Annual Ranking Reflects Firm’s Continued Recent Growth

A Top Orange County Law Firm
Press Releases Mar 27, 2019

A Top Orange County Law Firm

BB&K Makes Top 40 on Orange County Business Journal List

American Lawyer Discusses BB&K Growth Last Year
BB&K In the News Feb 27, 2019

American Lawyer Discusses BB&K Growth Last Year

Firm Expands to Meet Client Demand

Event Feb 13, 2019

ACSA's 2019 Every Child Counts Symposium

Association of California School Administrators

Best Best & Krieger Marks 25 Years in San Diego
Press Releases Oct 16, 2018

Best Best & Krieger Marks 25 Years in San Diego

Proud to Serve, and Grow With, Its Community

Event Aug 25, 2018

State & Federal Laws Affecting Special Education

ACSA Academy

BB&K Webinar Jul 11, 2018

Social Media Meets the First Amendment

Free BB&K Webinar

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?
Jun 26, 2018

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Jun 26, 2018

Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?

BB&K Free Webinar

BB&K Irvine Office Climbs Higher on Top Law Firms List
Press Releases Mar 30, 2018

BB&K Irvine Office Climbs Higher on Top Law Firms List

Firm Ranks No. 37 on Orange County Business Journal Annual List

Event Feb 15, 2018

What are Student Records and What are Public Records

ACSA Every Child Counts Symposium

Event Feb 10, 2018

State and Federal Laws Impacting Special Education

ACSA Academy

Event Jan 30, 2018

Discipline and Expulsion Best Practices

NBI Workshop - IEPs and 504 Plans

Dispute Over Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Continues
Legal Alerts Dec 20, 2017

Dispute Over Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Continues

State Water Resources Control Board Says It Will Enforce Permit Amendment

Event Dec 01, 2017

Bullying: The Legal View and Cost

CSBA Annual Education Conference and Trade Show

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019
Legal Alerts Nov 06, 2017

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019

AB 746 Imposes Requirements for Water Providers and School Districts

Suicide Prevention in Schools
Authored Articles & Publications Sep 28, 2017

Suicide Prevention in Schools

New Law Requires Schools to Adopt Suicide Prevention Policies, BB&K Attorney Dorothy McLaughlin Writes in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

Event Sep 22, 2017

CUPCCAA: Public Works Simplified

California Association of School Business Officials

Event Sep 06, 2017

Community Choice Aggregation: Soup to Nuts

Sustain OC Educational Forum

Advocates Say Schools Can Help Alleviate Students’ Fears of Parent Deportation
BB&K In the News Jul 20, 2017

Advocates Say Schools Can Help Alleviate Students’ Fears of Parent Deportation

Partner Dina Harris Discusses Legalities with Title1Admin.com

Event Jul 20, 2017

Public Records Practices After the San Jose Decision

League of California Cities Webinar

Event Jul 20, 2017

The Difficult Issue of School Bullying from a Legal Perspective

8th Annual Safe Schools Conference

New Federal Regulations for Schools
Legal Alerts Jul 12, 2017

New Federal Regulations for Schools

Clarifies Language and Requirements Related to Special Education

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 12, 2017

Tracking Trump’s Appointments

By John Freshman and Ana Schwab

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws
Legal Alerts Jul 11, 2017

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws

California Supreme Court Sets New Precedent for GC Section 1090

Schools Must Have Suicide Prevention Policies in Place for 2017-18 School Year
Legal Alerts Jul 11, 2017

Schools Must Have Suicide Prevention Policies in Place for 2017-18 School Year

Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy Now Online

Supreme Court Rules Trademarks are Protected by First Amendment's Free Speech Clause
Legal Alerts Jul 06, 2017

Supreme Court Rules Trademarks are Protected by First Amendment's Free Speech Clause

Trademarks Not Government Speech

Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement is Not a Tax
Legal Alerts Jul 05, 2017

Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement is Not a Tax

California Supreme Court Holds Surcharge for Franchise Rights Not Subject to Voter Approval if Reasonably Related to Value of Franchise

School District Can’t Stop Transgender Student from Using Restroom of Choice
Legal Alerts Jun 02, 2017

School District Can’t Stop Transgender Student from Using Restroom of Choice

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Temporary Injunction Against District

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes
Legal Alerts May 31, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes

Funding Mechanism for “Additional Services” for New Development Remains

Event May 19, 2017

The Public Records Act and Private Emails

The State Bar of California Public Law Section

School District Prevails in Special Education Placement Case
Client Successes Apr 05, 2017

School District Prevails in Special Education Placement Case

Partner Karen Van Dijk Earns Victory Before the Ninth Circuit

New Standard for FAPE
Legal Alerts Mar 24, 2017

New Standard for FAPE

Program Must Allow Child to Make Progress “Appropriate in Light of Child’s Circumstances”

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes
Legal Alerts Mar 09, 2017

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes

May Impose Increased Burdens on Public Agencies

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails
Mar 08, 2017

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails

BB&K Webinar on California Supreme Court Decision

BB&K Event Mar 08, 2017

Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails

BB&K Webinar on California Supreme Court Decision

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act
Legal Alerts Mar 02, 2017

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act

State Supreme Court Opinion Impacts Public Agencies

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead
Legal Alerts Feb 23, 2017

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

State Water Resources Control Board Amends Domestic Water Supply Permit

Event Feb 01, 2017

Every Child Counts Symposium: Making School the Happiest Place for Students

Association of California School Administrators

Event Jan 27, 2017

Discipline/Behavior Issues

ACSA Special Education Academy

Event Jan 26, 2017

Special Education Legal Panel

The Orange County Special Education Alliance

Event Jan 24, 2017

Doing Business with Government Agencies

CAPPO Conference and Supplier Exposition

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure
Legal Alerts Dec 29, 2016

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure

The California Supreme Court Tackles Public Records vs. Attorney-Client Privilege

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”
Legal Alerts Dec 09, 2016

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court

Claims Resolution Procedure Changes
Legal Alerts Dec 02, 2016

Claims Resolution Procedure Changes

Public Works Contract Disputes Impacted by New California Law

John Brown Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

John Brown Video Bio

Partner

Kimberly A. Byrens Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Kimberly A. Byrens Video Bio

Partner

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”
Legal Alerts Oct 24, 2016

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982

Event Oct 05, 2016

LCC Annual Conference

League of California Cities

Lease-Leaseback Legislation Signed Into Law
Legal Alerts Sep 27, 2016

Lease-Leaseback Legislation Signed Into Law

California School District Construction Projects Will be Impacted

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process
Legal Alerts Sep 26, 2016

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process

Provides Opportunity to Streamline Litigation

New Legislation Impacts Special Parcel Taxes, Community Facilities Districts, and Notices for Property-Related Fees
Legal Alerts Sep 22, 2016

New Legislation Impacts Special Parcel Taxes, Community Facilities Districts, and Notices for Property-Related Fees

Public Agencies Must Comply Beginning Jan. 1

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency

Appellate Victory for Developers and Public Agencies

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review
Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2016

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review

Decision Issued After Years of Uncertainty

Legislation Establishes New Reporting Requirements for State and Local Debt Obligations
Legal Alerts Sep 14, 2016

Legislation Establishes New Reporting Requirements for State and Local Debt Obligations

Annual Reports Filed with the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission Must Include Additional Information

Bill Addresses Excessive Water Use by Some California Urban Retail Water Purveyors
Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2016

Bill Addresses Excessive Water Use by Some California Urban Retail Water Purveyors

Tiered Water Rates and Surcharges Among Tools Agencies Can Use During Water Shortages

Hundreds of Elementary School Students in Santa Ana Receive Supply-Filled Backpacks
Press Releases Aug 26, 2016

Hundreds of Elementary School Students in Santa Ana Receive Supply-Filled Backpacks

BB&K Teams Up with the Santa Ana Kiwanis Club to Donate Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

Air Quality District’s CEQA Thresholds Limited
Legal Alerts Aug 18, 2016

Air Quality District’s CEQA Thresholds Limited

California Appellate Court Weighs in Following State Supreme Court Decision

Appellate Court “SLAPP”s Residents in Culver City Upset Over Parking Restriction Changes
Legal Alerts Aug 11, 2016

Appellate Court “SLAPP”s Residents in Culver City Upset Over Parking Restriction Changes

City Did Not Violate Brown Act

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions
Legal Alerts Aug 10, 2016

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions

Elected Officials’ Free Speech Rights Analyzed

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion
Legal Alerts Jun 30, 2016

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion

FCC Looking to Increase Eligibility for Reimbursement

California Supreme Court Clarifies Who is Liable for Prosecution for Misuse of Public Funds
Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2016

California Supreme Court Clarifies Who is Liable for Prosecution for Misuse of Public Funds

Determining If Someone is “Charged” with Fiscal Responsibility is Key

City Slapped Down on anti-SLAPP Claim
Legal Alerts Jun 03, 2016

City Slapped Down on anti-SLAPP Claim

Details of a Potential NFL Deal for Carson Not of Public Interest, Court Says

Court Clarifies the “Cease & Desist” Requirement Prior to Initiating Brown Act Litigation
Legal Alerts Jun 02, 2016

Court Clarifies the “Cease & Desist” Requirement Prior to Initiating Brown Act Litigation

City’s Loss Illustrates Risks of Litigating Open Meeting Law Violation Claims

U.S. Supreme Court Holds States and Localities May Continue to Draw Voting Districts Based on Total Population
Legal Alerts Apr 06, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Holds States and Localities May Continue to Draw Voting Districts Based on Total Population

Total Population, However, May Not Be the Only Standard Upon Which Voting Areas Can Be Based

CSDA Call to Action: SB 885
Legal Alerts Mar 15, 2016

CSDA Call to Action: SB 885

Legislation Would Limit Design Professionals’ Liability on Public Contracts

Event Mar 09, 2016

Celebrate Riverside Education Legends

Riverside County School Board Association

UPDATE: Judge Modifies Ruling Impacting Disclosure of Student Records by California DOE
Legal Alerts Mar 07, 2016

UPDATE: Judge Modifies Ruling Impacting Disclosure of Student Records by California DOE

April 1 Deadline to Object Still Applies

Event Feb 26, 2016

Behavior/Discipline Issues

ACSA Special Education Academy

Case Permits Possible Disclosure of Student Records by California Department of Education
Legal Alerts Feb 18, 2016

Case Permits Possible Disclosure of Student Records by California Department of Education

School Districts Should Notify Parents About April 1 Opt-Out Deadline

Event Jan 22, 2016

How to Build and Maintain the Public's Trust: Practical Ethics and the Law (AB 1234 Training)

2016 New Mayors Council Academy

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