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February 19, 2015

Vergara Part 1: March 15, 2008

For me this lawsuit, Reed v. State of California, which was won but then turned-over on appeal, lingers large in the backdrop of Vergara; it's the white elephant in the room every time I talk about teacher evaluations or effective teachers.

December 23, 2014

Let Transgender Students Use Regular Bathrooms!

The rules are still being written in K-12 schools when it comes to fair and non-discriminatory treatment of transgender students. As more students are feeling comfortable expressing their transgender identities and at younger ages, schools are confronted with the task of better accommodating these students -- and often in the face of controversy.

September 10, 2014

Vote on Charging Students for Summer School Delayed by R.I. State Board

Rhode Island's Council on Elementary and Secondary Education has postponed a decision on whether school districts can charge for summer school.

September 04, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Student-Cellphone-Search Lawsuit Still Resonates

A 2009 lawsuit filed by the ACLU highlighted a still-evolving legal issue: When can school administrators search students' cellphones and social media accounts?

August 20, 2014

English Learner Ruling Challenges State's Lax Oversight

Everyone's talking about Vergara but now there's another lawsuit rattling the California education system, this one involving English Language Learners. On August 3, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled that ELs were being denied an adequate education. The remedies sought could reshape how language learners are monitored.

June 12, 2014

Audio Recording on School Buses Prompts Debate Over Security vs. Student Privacy

Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation in February allowing audio recording for "disciplinary and security purposes" in Pennsylvania school buses.

November 14, 2013

Pa. Study Asks: Has 'Zero Tolerance' Gone Too Far?

A report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania questions rates of suspensions and expulsions in the state.

May 03, 2013

Wis. Voucher Program Must Comply With Disabilities Law, Justice Department Says

A letter from the U.S. Department of Justice asserts that schools participating in voucher programs cannot discriminate against students with disabilities.

March 13, 2013

Free-Speech Groups Condemn Suspensions Over "Harlem Shake" Video

Several Pennsylvania students were suspended for a what a school labeled a "very graphic and very vulgar" imitation of the Harlem Shake, prompting condemnation from civil rights groups.

December 04, 2012

N.C. Law Makes Cyberbullying Against Educators a Criminal Offense

The penalty for harassing teachers is now a $1,000 fine or 60 days in jail, a move that has prompted backlash by civil rights groups.

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