The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued the schedule for oral arguments for its April session, the final round of cases to be argued for decision in the court's 2007-08 term. The absence of Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Case No. 06-1595) from the schedule means that that case, which concerns alleged retaliation against a witness in an investigation into sexual harassment in a school district central office, will be argued in the high court term that begins next October. I reported on the Crawford case in the blog here and in Education Week here. ...


The Jefferson County, Ky., school board heard a proposal on Monday for how it might be able to keep its schools integrated in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that restricted the consideration of race in assigning students to schools. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that race, income, and family education levels would be considered equally in assigning the district's 98,000 students to schools. "Under the proposal, all schools--elementary, middle and high--must enroll at least 15 percent and no more than 50 percent of their students from neighborhoods that have income and education levels below ...


In this week's print edition of Education Week, I have this story about the relatively few school-related cases that will be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2007-08 term. The court has heard only one case directly involving a school district, and the justices deadlocked in that case, Board of Education of New York City v. Tom F. The court is now finished accepting cases for argument in the current term. It will hear arguments for recently granted cases in February, March, and April, with decisions expected in all its pending cases by late June. While there ...


The Juneau, Alaska, school board is pursuing some $5,000 in legal fees from the former high school student whose "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, the Juneau Empire is reporting. The justices ruled 6-3 last year in Morse v. Frederick that the banner unfurled by Joseph Frederick at an Olympic torch relay outside his high school was not protected speech under the First Amendment. Five members of the court signed an opinion that said school officials have the right to regulate drug-related messages on school campuses. I reported on the decision ...


A federal appeals court today ruled against a family seeking to compel a school district to allow a service dog to accompany a student with a hearing impairment at school. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, in New York City, ruled unanimously that the parents had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies under federal special education law before suing the East Meadow Union Free School District. According to the decision, the parents had asked school officials to allow their son to bring his service dog, Simba, to school. The dog would help ...


The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered a federal appeals court to reexamine a securities-fraud case in which the California State Teachers' Retirement System is the lead plaintiff. In a brief order, the justices told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in San Francisco, to restudy the California case in light of their decision last week in Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta Inc. In that case, the court ruled that federal securities law does not allow fraud claims against third parties who did not directly mislead investors, even if they were business partners of companies ...


The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the appeal of a Virginia school district over whether the federal special education law requires that school officials offer a specific school site in the individualized education program for a student with disabilities. The appeal in Alexandria City School Board v. A.K. (Case No. 07-541) involved the IEP developed for the 2004-05 school year for a student with multiple disabilities. The Alexandria district proposed day placements in two private schools, but the child's parents refused the IEP and sought reimbursement for placing their child in a different private school. A ...


Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings issued a letter to state schools chiefs today to voice a more detailed disagreement with last week's federal appeals court ruling on the unfunded-mandates provision of the No Child Left Behind Act. My colleague David Hoff has a more extensive post on the letter on his NCLB: Act II blog. I wrote about the ruling in the School Law Blog here, and in an Education Week story....


The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to take up a case stemming from allegations of sexual harassment in a school district central office. The question in Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Case No. 06-1595) is whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects a worker from being dismissed because she cooperated with her employer's internal investigation. The appeal was brought by Vicky S. Crawford, who worked with Gene Hughes, the director of employee relations for the Metro Nashville school district. According to court papers, the Metro Nashville/Davidson County government, which includes ...


A federal appeals court ruled today that remedies available under the main federal special education law do not limit parents from also pursuing claims under a broader federal law barring discrimination against people with disabilities. "The availability of relief under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not limit the availability of a damages remedy under" U.S. Department of Education regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in San Francisco, said in a unanimous ruling. In a case from Hawaii, the court held that ...


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