In a case with potential implications for the schools, the justices held that the police use of a trained dog to sniff outside a home for the presence of illegal drugs constitutes a search.
The U.S. Supreme Court took up the issue of same-sex marriage, with advocates and the justices expressing various concerns about the effects of such unions on the children of gay parents.
With a big case from Texas still pending, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up another case involving affirmative action in higher education.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision dealt a defeat to educational publishers, but eased the fears of teachers and libraries over the use of books published overseas.
The justices refuses to take up cases about restraining desks and alleged "social promotion" involving students with disabilities.
A federal appeals court has upheld an injunction that allows a 5th grader to pass out invitations to a church youth party to her classmates.
A federal judge has largely upheld a controversial Arizona law that bars courses that promote resentment against a race or class of people or advocate ethnic solidarity.
A federal appeals court upheld a dog-sniff of a student's backpack for illegal drugs at school.
Protecting schoolchildren from being taught about gay marriage is not a valid legal justification for a ban on same-sex unions, the Obama administration argues.
The law's section requiring school districts in nine states and parts of others to get federal approval for changes in voting is under constitutional attack.