Goodwin H. Liu, who is drawing criticism from Republicans, has a long record of policy experience in education.
A federal appeals court said that it would re-examine two panel decisions on whether parodies of school principals created by students on MySpace were protected by the First Amendment.
Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his intention to retire, has written many opinions in education cases in his 34 years on the court, often in dissent.
A Washington State teachers union has agreed to settle the last remnant of a long-running legal battle over non-member "agency" fees that improperly went for political purposes.
A federal appeals court allows the state's efforts to trim 17 days from the school year and furlough teachers to deal with a budget crisis. A challenge was filed on behalf of students in special education.
Nine Massachusetts teens are charged in the alleged bullying of girl who committed suicide, while a New York state school district settles a case over alleged gay and gender-identity harassment.
A federal judge said a lesbian student's free-speech rights were likely violated when her school district canceled a prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend, but refused to order the school district to reinstate its sponsorship of the prom.
A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court's ruling that the state of Texas must improve its programs for English-language learners.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a student who had discharged his college loan interest in bankruptcy without having to prove he faced "undue hardship," as federal bankruptcy law requires.
Over a dissent, the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to take up a case about religious music at a public high school graduation.