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January 26, 2020

Church-Run Charter Schools? Supreme Court Argument Stirs the Discussion

Could a U.S. Supreme Court case clear the way for charter schools run by religious organizations? Justice Stephen Breyer raised the question this week.

January 21, 2020

Education Department Launches New Civil Rights Outreach Initiative

While the Education Department has largely focused on investigating complaints that schools have violated civil rights laws, a new center will focus on "proactive compliance" by providing technical assistance to schools and guidance to the public.

January 20, 2020

What You Should Know About the Supreme Court Case the Education World Is Watching

The U.S. Supreme Court will arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that's been closely watched by both friends and opponent of private school vouchers and tax-credit scholarship programs.

December 12, 2019

What Trump's Order on Responding to Anti-Semitism Means for K-12 Schools

An executive order signed this week is meant to address concerns of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses. But the legal underpinnings of that order apply to elementary and secondary schools, too.

November 19, 2019

Proposed Civil Rights Data Changes Draw Praise, Concern, Paperwork Complaints

Public comments praised and criticized proposed changes to the massive trove of civil rights data the U.S. Department of Education collects from every public school in the country.

September 23, 2019

Will New Federal Data Quantify Teachers' Sexual Misconduct? This Researcher Is Skeptical

Teachers' sexual assault of students often pops up in headlines, but it's prevalence is difficult to measure. A professor who's studied educator misconduct for decades is skeptical that proposed new federal data collection will help.

September 20, 2019

DeVos Seeks More Civil Rights Data on Sexual Violence, Religious Harassment

The proposed changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection, which is conducted every two years, also touch on racial disparities in preschool discipline, teacher experience, and advanced coursework.

July 29, 2019

Civil Rights Enforcement for LGBTQ Students Scaled Back Under Trump, Analysis Finds

Students' complaints about school discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity were less likely to result in changes under the Trump administration than they did under the Obama administration, an analysis of federal records finds.

July 23, 2019

Bring Back Anti-Discrimination Guidance on School Discipline, Commission Urges

But the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was not unanimous in its support of the findings that students of color were not more likely to commit discipline-worthy offenses.

July 10, 2019

Education Department Boasts About Faster Resolution of Civil Rights Cases

On average, the U.S. Department of Education has resolved about twice as many civil rights cases per year under the Trump administration as it did under the Obama administration, the agency said in a news release Wednesday.

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