October 2010 Archives

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance to schools about when bullying can violate federal civil rights law.

Teachers have no First Amendment free-speech protection for curricular decisions they make in the classroom, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the appeal of a New York City teacher who claims he was retaliated against and fired for his complaints about administrators' alleged failure to discipline students who threw books at him in class.

A federal appeals court has upheld an Illinois law requiring schools to observe a daily period for for "silent prayer or for silent reflection on the anticipated activities of the day."

A federal appeals court has upheld the inclusion of the words "one state under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance, which state law requires public schoolchildren to recite daily unless excused by their parents.

The U.S. Supreme Court took up a major case on whether parents can pursue certain lawsuits in state courts over design defects in child vaccines, or whether a federal vaccine law precludes such claims.

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to take up a case involving the questioning of a student at school by a state child-protective services caseworker and a deputy sheriff about possible sexual abuse.

Students suspended from school for fighting have no fundamental right to alternative education under the North Carolina constitution, the state's highest court has ruled, but districts must provide a reason for denying such access.

The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a November ballot measure that would relax the state's limits on class sizes.

A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge to same-sex classrooms in a Louisiana school district.

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the appeal of a parent who challenged a New Jersey school district's restrictions on religious music at holiday performances in its schools.

A long-awaited biography of the late Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. contains some interesting anecdotes about key education cases Brennan was involved in during his 34 years on the court.

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