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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.

August 09, 2012

Louisiana Schools Will Change Policy on Pregnant Students

The Delhi Charter School will change a policy that barred pregnant students -- and potentially, even those suspected of being pregnant -- from taking classes on campus.

March 28, 2012

District to Pay Settlement in LGBT Web-Filtering Case

The ACLU and a Missouri school district have reached a settlement following a judge's ruling about the district's anti-LGBT website filtering.

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