The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a consent decree with an Illinois school district over a lawsuit alleging religious discrimination in the case of a Muslim teacher who was denied leave to make a religious pilgrimage.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal involving Confederate symbols and another about a sexually explicit cartoon in a student newspaper.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with a clash of the rights of churches to make employment decisions about workers with religious functions versus the interests of government in ensuring a discrimination-free workplace.

Opening its new term on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a case challenging an Illinois law requiring a daily period of silent prayer or reflection.

A federal judge refused to block a provision of a controversial Alabama law on immigration that requires schools to determine the citizenship status of students.

A full federal appeals court said it will rehear a case in which a court panel ruled that a Mississippi school district had a legal duty to protect a student from sexual assaults by a man who checked her out of school by claiming to be her father.

A full federal appeals court has ruled that elementary school students have First Amendment free-speech rights to discuss religion with their classmates.

An administrative assistant demoted after sitting next to her one-time boss at a meeting in which his job was on the line had her rights violated, a federal appeals court rules.

A public school teacher has no constitutional right to display banners in his classroom with slogans such as "In God We Trust" and "One Nation Under God," a federal appeals court has ruled.

A federal appeals court has upheld a Wisconsin school district's use of a Christian church for its high school graduation ceremonies, saying the practice was not an unconstitutional government establishment of religion.

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