Public Law

Our district is a government agency that exists and operates pursuant to the laws of the State of California, as well as applicable federal law, and as a district within Santa Clara County. As a result, we elect school board members to govern the district.

It is useful to be aware of the public law context in which the district operates, so that families can understand why the schools do what they do, and what the rights of students and parents are in the public school context. It can be complicated to figure out how the district’s policies and practices are informed by state and federal law, and how it interacts with the county education office as well as state and federal authorities.

The subsections here review these matters but should not be viewed as a comprehensive discussion or legal advice. In our Resources section we provide a directory of organizations and professionals with expertise that you may wish to consult.

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