A federal district judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that the teacher-licensure test in Massachusetts discriminates against minorities and those whose second language is English.
Often, after big, complicated civil rights litigation in such areas as school desegregation and the reform of foster care, there is a second battle: over attorneys' fees for the prevailing party. The U.S. Supreme Court today took up an important question arising out of such battles: whether courts may award enhanced fees, above and beyond reasonable attorneys' fees based on hourly pay rates, when lawyers seeking institutional reforms do an exceptionally good job of making their case and bringing about improvements. A federal district judge in Georgia awarded lawyers who led a long legal battle to improve the state's ...
A federal district judge upheld the practice of schools leading the Pledge of Allegiance amid a challenge by parents who objected to exposing their children to the words "under God" in the pledge.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied review of several education appeals, including cases about the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, T-shirts bearing Confederate symbols, peer sexual harassment, and special education.
Although there are no cases directly involving K-12 schools on the docket for the new Supreme Court term, there are still several granted cases worth looking at.
The justices add several cases to their docket for the new term, but no education cases were among them.
A new book of essays examines the understudied role of the judiciary in the American education system.
Appeals pending at the court involve school disputes over the Pledge of Allegiance, Confederate T-shirts, challenges to books in public school libraries, and student religious messages at graduation ceremonies.
OK, comments, yes, but not that many letters. But below is a link to a letter published in Education Week responding to a recent post of mine about the case of Debbie Almontaser, who lost her job as a New York City high school principal amid a controversy over her comments to the press interpreted by some as sympathetic to Islamic radicals. The letter from Almontaser's lawyer makes the point that her case is not over and an appeal is planned to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, as well as pursuit of a separate action ...
A ruling by a California court raises questions about how schools handle student harassment, as well as the use of arbitration for disputes at private schools.