The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the appeal of a Kentucky family over a school's handling of a middle school student who gave a prescription Adderall pill to one of her classmates. The refusal to take up S.E. v. Grant County Board of Education (Case No. 08-927) is not a ruling on the merits, but it is interesting because the justices often hold on to appeals that raise the same or similar issues to cases they are deciding. Just last week, the court heard arguments in Safford Unified School District v. Redding, about whether the Fourth ...


With a busy week for education in the Supreme Court, I haven't had time to take note of these rulings: Arizona Private School Tax Credit: A federal appeals court revived a challenge to a state program that provides an income tax credit for contributions to private school scholarships, including at religious schools. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in San Francisco, ruled 3-0 in Winn v. Arizona Christian School Organization that if the facts as alleged in a challenge are true, the tax credit program "“carries with it the imprimatur of government endorsement” ...


The case before the high court involved employment tests for firefighters, but race-conscious actions by schools were on the minds of some of the justices.


It didn't take long for today's U.S. Supreme Court arguments to delve into extreme hypotheticals about the limits of permissible school searches.


The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided today over a case that asks whether the state of Arizona is doing enough to educate English-language learners to satisfy a federal civil rights law. Kenneth W. Starr, the lawyer representing Republican state legislative leaders who are seeking relief from a federal court order that effectively is forcing the state to spend more on ELL programs, told the justices that English learners "are, in fact, making progress" under the program funded by the legislature. This drew a sharp response from Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who cited detailed test results showing that English ...


When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in an important special education case on April 28, all eyes will be on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.


This is the second in a series of previews of the three education cases being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court this month. The first post in the series, about the Horne v. Flores case, appeared on Monday. A strip-search of a middle school student by school officials looking for prescription drugs sets the stage for one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court rulings in a quarter century on student rights and public school responsibilities. The justices will hear arguments on Tuesday, April 21, in Safford Unified School District v. Redding (Case No. 08-479). Education Week's Erik ...


This is the first in a series of previews in the School Law Blog on the three education cases being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court this month. A quirky case over whether the state of Arizona’s spending on English-language learners satisfies an obscure federal civil rights law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. One surprise of Horne v. Flores (Case No. 08-289) is that the appeal has attracted far more friend-of-the-court briefs than the other two education cases the justices will hear this month, one involving the constitutionality of a school’s strip-search of ...


A Nevada school district has settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of a former student who alleged that school officials failed to adequately respond to harassment she suffered because she openly displayed her Muslim faith. Under the settlement, former student Jana Elhifny will receive $350,000 from the Washoe County school district, which will be paid by the district's insurance carrier. Her lawsuit alleged she was harassed by fellow students for wearing a traditional head scarf in recognition of her Islamic faith and Egyptian heritage. The district also settled a related suit brought by a friend of Elhifny's who says ...


The Obama administration is siding with parents in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court about whether private school tuition can be reimbursed when a child has never received special education services in public school or even been enrolled in public school. "When a child with a disability has been denied a free appropriate public education, [the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] authorizes an awardof private-school tuition reimbursement regardless of whether the child previously received public special education," says the brief filed by U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. (Case No. ...


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