School efforts to regulate T-shirts with potentially disruptive messages prompt two rulings by separate federal courts; administrators prevail in one, but suffer a setback in the other.
A prominent federal appeals court judge said in a speech that courts should defer more to school administrators and that students should "learn to roll with the punches" and not be hypersensitive about political or religious messages they might find offensive.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear appeals concerning mandated vaccines in public schools and a school district's refusal to allow a religious group's fliers to be sent home with students.
A high school newspaper's parody editions did not violate an Iowa student free expression statute, and reprimand given to the faculty adviser had to be removed, a state appellate court has ruled.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide the constitutionality of sentencing juveniles as young as 14 to life without parole in homicide cases.
The case involved a Louisiana student who was expelled and denied alternative education after she attended a school dance under the influence of marijuana.
A federal appeals court has cast doubt on a Louisiana school district's student redistricting plan that had a goal of maintaining the racial balance.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case involving school punishment of a student for Internet speech critical of school administrators. However, two other appeals raising similar student free speech issues are pending before the justices.
Justice Clarence Thomas urges his Supreme Court colleagues to bring some cohesion to the case law involving displays of religious messages in courthouses, city halls, and public schools.
In an 854-page opinion that examines Alabama's racial history, a federal district judge turned away a challenge to the state's property-tax system for funding schools.