June 2009 Archives

In light of the Supreme Court's decision in a similar case, the justices return a strip-search case to a lower court.

What are the lessons for schools and school employees in the decision today in favor of white and Hispanic firefighters in New Haven?

The action came on a busy last day of the term for the justices.

By guest blogger Erik Robelen The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in a high-profile case on the race-conscious actions of government, finding by a vote of 5-4 that the city of New Haven, Conn., erred in refusing to recognize the results of a promotions exam for firefighters out of fear that it would violate the civil rights protections of minorities. The action reverses a lower court decision involving, and supported by, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Justice David H. Souter, who is stepping down from the high court. The ruling has potential implications for decisions ...

If school administrators are going to get all their guidance on education law issues from the Supreme Court, they're "going to have a lot of difficulties," says Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

The Arizona case is highly complex and quirky, but it holds important implications for other states and for educators across the nation.

The court rules with a surprising degree of unanimity.

School authorities violated a teenager's rights by strip-searching her, but can't be sued in this instance. And in a separate case, the court sided with Arizona's schools chief, who was challenging an order to provide adequate funding for ELLs.

The justices will next convene on Thursday, June 25, to issue decisions on Flores and Sanford

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the main federal special education law authorizes reimbursement for private school tuition under the proper circumstances, even when a child has never previously received special education services in a public school. The court's 6-3 decision came in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. (Case No. 08-305). I'll have more on that decision shortly here on the blog. In a decision in another case of interest to school districts, the justices raised questions about the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but stopped short of invalidating ...

The U.S. Supreme Court today made it more difficult for workers to win age-discrimination claims, in a case being watched by at least one major education group.

A teacher convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old student should have been allowed to raise the defense that the relationship was consensual, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

The U.S. Supreme Court today entered what are likely to be the final two weeks of its 2008-09 term without issuing any rulings in three important education cases pending before the justices.

The California Supreme Court this week declined to hear a challenge to a race-conscious student assignment plan adopted by the Berkeley Unified School District.

The Supreme Court nominee has confronted a wide range of school law issues during her 17 years on the federal bench.

The state teachers' retirement fund and two other state funds in Indiana have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the sale of automaker Chrysler to the Italian company Fiat.

A vice principal and a school district were not liable in the death of a middle school student who committed suicide the day he was sternly reprimanded for leaving school to protest anti-immigration policies, a court has ruled.

A Personal Note: I haven't been able to blog over the last two weeks because of a death in my family. In particular, I have not been able to discuss Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's record on education cases. I plan to do so in the coming days. In the meantime, there was this interesting federal appeals court ruling today: Parent's Bible Reading: A federal appeals court today held that a school district was on solid ground in refusing to let a parent read Bible passages to her son's kindergarten class as part of a show-and-tell program. A panel of ...

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