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June 30, 2020

The Claims Presentation Requirement of The Government Claims Act Can Protect Local Educational Agencies Administering an Individualized Education Program

Author: Omer A. Khan, Attorney at Law



On June 26, 2020, the First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeals denied the parents’ appeal seeking to recover damages from a school district after their child tragically committed suicide. (Neeley v. San Mateo Union High School District (2020) 120 LRP 19625.) The court reasoned that the Government Claims Act, which permits claimants to collect money damages from public agencies for personal injuries, requires that claimants first give notice of potential claims to the District directly by presenting the factual basis for their claims in a manner prescribed by the District.

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