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June 13, 2016

U.S. Attorney Sues NYC Schools, Saying Principal Discriminated Against Black Teachers

A Queens high school principal allegedly made racist comments about the school's three black teachers and discriminated against them while evaluating their lesson plans.

April 26, 2016

New Md. Law Protects Journalism Teachers From Reprisals

The law protects student journalists' right to free speech and freedom of the press and ensures that student media advisers cannot be punished for what their students publish in the school newspaper.

October 15, 2015

Report: Legendary L.A. Teacher Rafe Esquith Fired for Misconduct

The Los Angeles Board of Education has voted to fire renowned elementary school teacher Rafe Esquith amid allegations of misconduct, including that he inappropriately touched minors, according to the L.A. Times.

June 18, 2015

Renowned Educator Rafe Esquith on Suspension From Teaching

The internationally acclaimed teacher was removed from his classroom earlier this year, though circumstances behind the suspension remain murky.

April 03, 2015

Roundup: Educators React Strongly to Atlanta Verdicts

Education Week gathered reactions to the Atlanta test-cheating trial, in which 11 educators were found guilty of racketeering.

February 26, 2015

'Harmful Materials' Bill Targeting Teacher Protections Passes Kan. Senate

A bill that would allow teachers to be prosecuted for providing "harmful materials" to minors has been passed by the Kansas Senate.

February 05, 2015

Kan. Bill Would Remove Legal Protections for Teaching Controversial Materials

A bill under consideration by the Kansas Senate would remove an exemption protecting teachers from prosecution for providing "harmful" materials to minors.

February 04, 2015

Teachers Draw Lots to Keep Jobs After District Cuts Position

In a process marred by numerous problems, five first-year teachers in a West Virginia district had to pick numbers from a box to determine which of them would be laid off.

July 16, 2012

ACLU Case Implicates Reliance on Classroom Tech

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed what it calls a "groundbreaking" class-action lawsuit against the state of Michigan for failing to educate students in a Detroit-area school district. The suit hinges on a "right to read" provision in Michigan's constitution, which says students who do no...

May 29, 2012

N.Y.C. Seeks Changes in Disciplining Teachers Accused of Sexual Misconduct

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed new legislation that would give local school districts or the chancellor—as opposed to hearing officers—the final say on whether a teacher accused of sexual misconduct is fired, according to a press release. Under the current law, outside he...

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