A handful of lawsuits and new policies over school e-mail are making headlines: The Wisconsin Supreme Court next week will take up a case about whether e-mails composed by teachers on school computers, both personal and work-related, constitute public records under state law. The Wisconsin Rapids school district agreed to release the e-mail of five teachers, with student information redacted, to a local resident who made an open-records request. That prompted the teachers to sue alleging a violation of their privacy rights, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reports here. The Wisconsin high court takes up the case on Nov. 10. Meanwhile, ...

A Fordham study says many states manage student databases in ways that threaten privacy.

The 6th Circuit deadlocks on a key challenge to the No Child Left Behind Act, thus upholding a lower court's dismissal of the case.

The suit alleges that a district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to assign the teacher to a classroom with natural light.

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.

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