The justices' 4-4 vote means a lower court ruling blocking the administration's plan is upheld without an opinion in a cased being watched in the education community.
The court ruled 4-3 against the white applicant challenging the University of Texas at Austin plan in a case closely watched for its implications both in higher education and for similar school district efforts.
Judge Merrick Garland told graduating 5th graders from the elementary school where he has tutored for 18 years that they can achieve their dreams through hard work.
A 6th grade teacher's use of the word, even in a class discussion, runs into a district policy against using racial epithets in front of students.
The justices ask the Obama administration whether it should take up a case about the level of benefit required under federal special education law.
A federal appeals court holds that a Massachusetts school district is not liable for student bullying of a middle school student.
In a 50-year-old case, the judge ordered the Cleveland, Miss., district to consolidate its two high schools and two middle schools to achieve desegregation.
U.S. Supreme Court justices unanimously set aside lower court rulings in the Affordable Care Act contraceptive-mandate cases, which involve a number of religious schools and colleges.
The justices will weigh a copyright dispute over the design of cheerleader uniforms between the industry leader and an upstart company.
The justices give greater protection to teachers and other public employees from adverse job actions based on superiors' perceptions of the workers' First Amendment activities.