"When I was in school, one of my teachers was crazy about me. I once heard her tell another teacher, 'I wish he were my kid for just one day.'"
Kristina Jansen or Loren Soukup
It has recently come to our attention that the ACLU of California (ACLU) has issued a report regarding students’ rights in the context of cell phone confiscation and searches. (Attached) The ACLU presents their opinion of the issue as well as a thorough discussion of the issue of cell phones and anecdotes of times when students’ cell phone privacy was not respected. The ACLU also provides sample cell phone policies for school districts to adopt. We have been asked by several districts to review this information packet and provide a response.
On July 1, 2012, Districts will be required to implement the anti-bullying provisions of AB-9 and AB-1156. The bills amend sections of the Education Code to address the issue of bullying in public schools. The significant changes are:
This update reviews the recommended protocol when the governing board wishes to approve or extend the superintendent’s contract or set the salary of the superintendent.
A. BOARD APPROVAL OF OR AMENDMENT TO EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS
The statutes with respect to a governing board’s approval of a district superintendent’s employment agreement are set forth in the Government Code.
1. Open Session Ratification of the Superintendent’s Contract.
Government Code sections 53260-53264 apply to various local agency employment agreements, including school and college districts contracts involving the superintendent and other high level administrators.
Section 53262 provides that the contract of employment of a district superintendent “shall be ratified in an open session of the governing body which shall be reflected in the governing body’s minutes.” This provision assumes that the governing board took action in closed session to appoint or re-employ the superintendent pursuant to Government Code section 54957. If a closed session discussion occurs but no action is taken in closed session, any subsequent public session action should be described as an “approval” of the contract rather than a “ratification” of the contract.