August 2009 Archives

ACLU Report Examines Policing in Schools

Schools and law enforcement agencies should sign agreements that better define the roles of school resource officers and help respect the rights of students, the American Civil Liberties Union urges.


Catching Up With NCLB Rulings

A couple of court decisions over the summer uphold the right of the U.S. Department of Education and the states to put their stamp on the No Child Left Behind Act.


NIMSY - Not In (or Near) My School Yard

A school district's challenge of the construction of a halfway house for prisoners and probationers in its community is headed back to where the district filed it--a state court.


Settlement Reached Over Access to Gay Web Sites

Two Tennessee school districts have agreed to stop blocking student and teacher access to Web sites with information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.


Court Backs School's Restrictions on T-Shirt Messages

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Texas school district's dress code that prohibits most messages on student shirts, including political slogans, is likely consitutional.


Senate Confirms Sotomayor

The Senate voted 68 to 31 to confirm the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Teachers' Unions Back Judge Sotomayor

By guest blogger Erik Robelen: With the U.S. Senate seemingly poised to approve Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court later this week, the pile of letters in support and against the president's nominee has grown pretty high. Both national teachers' unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, were among the dozens of groups to sign a July 27 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging a "yes" vote for Judge Sotomayor. (The NEA had actually first announced its support in a June 30 press release.) "During her long tenure on the federal judiciary, Judge ...


Souter: Civics Education Must Be Improved

A poor understanding of civics by many Americans "is something to worry about," says retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.


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