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.


Appeals Court Revives Georgia Educator's Speech-Retaliation Suit Against District

The 11th Circuit court revives the lawsuit filed by a Clayton County, Ga., educator who lost his job over a comment he made while serving as the state president of the teachers' association.


U.S. Supreme Court Strongly Backs Cellphone Privacy

In a case with implications for students, school administrators, and police in schools, the justices unanimously held that a police search of an arrestee's cellphone requires a warrant.


EPA Regulation of School Emissions Unlikely Under Supreme Court Ruling

The Environmental Protection Agency will not be regulating schools over the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide anytime soon under the ruling.


Supreme Court Backs Speech Protection for Sworn Public-Employee Testimony

The U.S. Supreme Court gave public employees such as teachers and administrators stronger First Amendment speech protections when they testify under oath.


U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Threats on Social Media

In a case with potential implications for schools, the justices agreed to weigh the free speech rights of those who make threats or deliver violent rants on social media such as Facebook.


Over a Dissent, Justices Decline Appeal on Public School Graduation at Church

Over a strong dissent by two justices, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider whether a school district's use of a Christian church for its high school graduation ceremonies was constitutional.


California Laws on Teacher Tenure, Dismissal Struck Down

A California judge on Tuesday struck down provisions of state law dealing with teacher tenure, dismissals, and layoffs in a nationally watched case.


Judge: Advocacy By Teacher's Union Rep is Protected Speech

A federal district court rejects a school district's defenses in ruling for a teacher who clashed with the principal over his advocacy as his building's union representative.


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