Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., asked Judge Sonia Sotomayor today whether she agreed with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s prediction that race-based affirmative action would no longer be necessary 25 years after the Supreme Court’s 2003 decisions in the University of Michigan admissions cases. “Do you believe affirmative action is more justified in education than in employment?” Sen. Kohl asked this morning. “It is firmly my hope, as it was expressed by Justice O'Connor in her decision involving the University of Michigan Law School admissions criteria, that in 25 years, race in our society won't be needed to be ...


Judge Sonia Sotomayor defended her appeals court panel’s decision in a controversial race case involving employment testing.


Judge Sonia Sotomayor said today that hard work and education have been the keystones to her success.


The Supreme Court’s recent case involving the strip-search of a middle school student by school officials looking for drugs is getting some attention at Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing this afternoon.


Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee cited education law issues in their statements as Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing got underway today.


Questions about education inevitably come up during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees, although often deep into proceedings.


A federal appeals court heard arguments yesterday in a case involving a school district's restrictions on political messages on students' clothing. The case involves a student who was barred from wearing a T-shirt that said "John Edwards '08" to school in the fall of 2007, according to this Associated Press story. The Waxahachie district says its dress code, which bars all non-school messages, promotes pride and reduces distractions to learning, the AP reports. The audion of the argument in Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent School District, before a three-judge panel of the U.S.Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, ...


A roundup of the outcome of key decisions of interest schools and educators.


In light of the Supreme Court's decision in a similar case, the justices return a strip-search case to a lower court.


What are the lessons for schools and school employees in the decision today in favor of white and Hispanic firefighters in New Haven?


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