Indiana School Districts' Obamacare Challenge Moves Forward

A federal judge rules that a key claim may move forward in a lawsuit over the federal health-care law's employer mandate by the state of Indiana and 39 of its school districts.


Judge Reaffirms Student-Data Order in Louisiana Voucher Case

A federal judge rejects a motion from parents that he toss his earlier order over data sought by the U.S. Department of Justice.


Juvenile Life Sentences Examined in Documentary

In Education and the Media, my other blog for Education Week, I review interesting documentaries about schools and youth issues, among other things. Today I have a review of "15 to Life: Kenneth's Story," a documentary that is part of the "POV" series on PBS. The film is a look at one Florida prisoner sentenced to four life-without-parole sentences for armed robberies committed while he was 14 and 15. In its 2010 decision in Graham v. Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court held such life-without-parole sentences for non-homicide juvenile offenses to be a violation of the Eighth Amendment's bar on ...


Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Law Curbing Public Unions

The state's high court on Thursday upheld Act 10, which sharply curtails the collective-bargaining rights of teachers' unions and most other public-employee labor groups.


Teacher's Blog Posts Slamming Students Not Protected, Judge Rules

A teacher's blog containing disparaging descriptions of her students such as "jerk" and "dunderhead" was not protected free speech, a federal district judge ruled.


Appeals Court Rejects Suit by Teacher Whose Job Was Cut in Half

A Connecticut teacher whose hours and pay were cut in half was not entitled to notice and a hearing, a federal appeals court has ruled.


Appeals Court Rejects D.C. Teacher's Speech-Retaliation Suit

A federal appeals court has ruled against a Washington teacher who contends he was dismissed in retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged test tampering.


Appeals Court Again Upholds Race in Admissions at University of Texas-Austin

The divided ruling sets the stage for the closely watched affirmative action case to return to the U.S. Supreme Court.


N.Y. High Court Rejects Local Law Against Cyberbullying

The court threw out the conviction of a high school student who had posted photographs on Facebook with vulgar descriptions of his classmates.


Narrow Supreme Court Ruling Has Public Unions' Nonmember Fees on Thin Ice

The justices rule in a case that was being closely watched by the teachers' unions because it challenged a key precedent on public-employee collective bargaining.


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