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CDE authority over interscholastic athletics   

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(a) The department shall have the following authority over interscholastic athletics:

(1) The department may state that the policies of school districts, of associations or consortia of school districts, and of the California Interscholastic Federation, concerning interscholastic athletics, are in compliance with both state and federal law.

(2) (A) If the department states that a school district, an association, or consortium of school districts, or the California Interscholastic Federation is not in compliance with state or federal law, the department may require the school district, association, or consortium, or the federation to adjust its policy so that it is in compliance. However, the department shall not have authority to determine the specific policy that a school district must adopt in order to comply with state and federal laws.

(B) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a complainant from a public school who wishes to file a discrimination complaint pursuant to the regulations adopted for the purpose of implementing Section 261 based on interscholastic activities conducted by an association, a consortium of school districts, or by the California Interscholastic Federation, is not required to first file a discrimination complaint with a school district, but may file an initial discrimination complaint directly with the department, and the department shall have the authority to specify, with regard to a specific discrimination complaint, the administrative remedies that such an association, a consortium of school districts, or the California Interscholastic Federation must provide in order to comply with state or federal law.

(3) If the department states that a school district, association, or consortium, or the federation is not in compliance with state or federal law in matters relating to interscholastic activities, and the school district, association, or consortium, or the federation does not change its policy in order to comply with these laws, the department may commence with appropriate legal proceedings against the California Interscholastic Federation, the school district or against school districts that are members of the California Interscholastic Federation or the association or consortium that the department states is in noncompliance. In a legal proceeding, the court shall determine the matter de novo. The department may make recommendations for appropriate remedies in these proceedings.

(b) This section does not limit the discretion of local governing boards, or voluntary associations formed or maintained pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 35179, in any policy, program, or activity that is in compliance with state and federal law.

(c) The state law with which the policies of school districts, associations, or consortia of school districts, and of the California Interscholastic Federation, concerning interscholastic athletics, are required to comply, in accordance with this section, includes, but is not limited to, any regulations issued by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 232 with regard to discrimination in interscholastic athletics.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 301, Sec. 3.)

Reference:

Education Code 232

Education Code 261

Education Code 35179