May 2010 Archives

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a state program offering tax credits for donations to groups that provide private-school scholarships unconstitutionally advances religion.

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a sentence of life in prison without parole for a juvenile offender in a non-homicide case violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Citing the state constitution's guarantee of equal of educational opportunity, a California judge issued an injunction barring new layoffs at three Los Angeles middle schools.

Justice Thurgood Marshall had one word for Elena Kagan in 1988 when she suggested a school district did not violate the equal-protection clause when it refused to waive a bus transportation fee for a poor student.

Elena Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general since last year, is a former dean of Harvard Law School who has championed nondiscrimination in education and improving access to college.

High school commencement season is fast approaching, and that is leading to legal disputes over public education and religion.

The highest court in Massachusetts has sided with a Cambodian refugee teacher in a dispute with her school district over whether she had sufficient fluency in English.

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