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?

The action came on a busy last day of the term for the justices.

By guest blogger Erik Robelen The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in a high-profile case on the race-conscious actions of government, finding by a vote of 5-4 that the city of New Haven, Conn., erred in refusing to recognize the results of a promotions exam for firefighters out of fear that it would violate the civil rights protections of minorities. The action reverses a lower court decision involving, and supported by, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Justice David H. Souter, who is stepping down from the high court. The ruling has potential implications for decisions ...

If school administrators are going to get all their guidance on education law issues from the Supreme Court, they're "going to have a lot of difficulties," says Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

The Arizona case is highly complex and quirky, but it holds important implications for other states and for educators across the nation.

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