September 2009 Archives

Although there are no cases directly involving K-12 schools on the docket for the new Supreme Court term, there are still several granted cases worth looking at.

The justices add several cases to their docket for the new term, but no education cases were among them.

A new book of essays examines the understudied role of the judiciary in the American education system.

Appeals pending at the court involve school disputes over the Pledge of Allegiance, Confederate T-shirts, challenges to books in public school libraries, and student religious messages at graduation ceremonies.

OK, comments, yes, but not that many letters. But below is a link to a letter published in Education Week responding to a recent post of mine about the case of Debbie Almontaser, who lost her job as a New York City high school principal amid a controversy over her comments to the press interpreted by some as sympathetic to Islamic radicals. The letter from Almontaser's lawyer makes the point that her case is not over and an appeal is planned to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, as well as pursuit of a separate action ...

A ruling by a California court raises questions about how schools handle student harassment, as well as the use of arbitration for disputes at private schools.

A school district did not violate students' rights when it barred the wind ensemble from performing "Ave Maria" at a high school graduation ceremony, a court ruled.

Although they are largely on the sidelines of a big campaign-finance case in the U.S. Supreme Court, the politically powerful national teachers' unions are paying close attention.

A federal court revived the national-origin bias suit of a teacher who alleges that her principal called her "a stupid Polack" and took adverse job actions against her.

A school administrator's controversial comments to a newspaper were provided as part of her official duties, and thus were not protected by the First Amendment, a judge ruled.

A federal judge upholds a school district's system of requiring school visitors to submit to background checks for sex-offender status.

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