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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...

September 08, 2011

Should Teachers Be Free to Critique 9/11 Issues?

In an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York University History Professor Jonathan Zimmerman writes that historically U.S. teachers have often been restricted from honestly critiquing the country's military conflicts—and may have even less leeway now than at any time since the 1960s...

June 20, 2011

Cases Uphold Students' Right to Mock Teachers on Facebook

Time.com legal columnist Adam Cohen, pointing to a couple recent court decisions, advises educators to take the high road when it comes to derisive or mocking postings by students on social-networking sites. Students, he says, have a constitutional right to make fun of their teachers—one they h...

June 10, 2011

Could Immigration Status Become a Teacher Issue?

At the Learning the Language blog, Mary Ann Zehr points to a law just signed in Alabama that requires schools to determine the immigration status of students.

May 13, 2011

The Politics of School Choir Selections

When the Wasilla (Alaska) High School symphonic jazz choir's plan to sing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at this year's graduation ceremony was suddenly cancelled due to parental complaints about the Freddy Mercury's sexual orientation, an angry—and resourceful—choir member took the matter to...

February 24, 2011

Poll: Seniority Doesn't Rule

With plans for massive teacher layoffs in New York looming, a recent Quinnipiac University poll reveals that 90 percent of public school parents in the state think performance—not seniority—should be the basis for such firings, reports the Buffalo News. Eighty-five percent of all registere...

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