November 2009 Archives

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the appeal of a public high school valedictorian whose diploma was withheld after she discussed her Christian faith at her commencement ceremony.

Just in time for the holiday season, a federal appeals court has upheld a New Jersey school district's restrictions on religious music at holiday performances in its schools.

A federal district judge has ruled for a West Virginina school district and its officials in a case in which a parent sought to exempt her daughter from mandatory school vaccinations.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals over the removal of a children's book about Cuba from school library shelves and a high school co-valedictorian's efforts to deliver a religious message at her graduation ceremony.

A federal appeals court today upheld a school district's policy of barring frivolous, repetitive, or harassing speech by speakers at its school board meetings.

The Supreme Court takes up the question of whether to extend its prohibition of the death penalty for juvenile offenders to those sentenced to life with no hope of getting out of prison.

A handful of lawsuits and new policies over school e-mail are making headlines: The Wisconsin Supreme Court next week will take up a case about whether e-mails composed by teachers on school computers, both personal and work-related, constitute public records under state law. The Wisconsin Rapids school district agreed to release the e-mail of five teachers, with student information redacted, to a local resident who made an open-records request. That prompted the teachers to sue alleging a violation of their privacy rights, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reports here. The Wisconsin high court takes up the case on Nov. 10. Meanwhile, ...

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