November 2010 Archives

In a decision with potential implications for school districts, the U.S. Supreme Court has strengthened protections against municipal liability in federal civil rights lawsuits.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of a Michigan special education teacher who claimed she was fired for complaining that the size of her teaching caseload kept her from providing the proper amount of instruction to each student.

A high school gang was an "organization" within the meaning of New York state's anti-hazing law, and a prospective member of the gang may not consent to being hazed, a state appellate court has ruled.

Washington state's highest court has ruled that sex between a high school teacher and an 18-year-old student meets a state law's definition of educator sexual misconduct with a minor.

A federal appeals court today upheld a Tennessee school district's prohibition of any display of a Confederate flag by students, the latest in a long line of such rulings that have backed administrators seeking to prevent racial conflict over the symbol.

A federal appeals court has upheld a New Hampshire law that requires schools to set aside time daily for students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The court considered whether a railroad could challenge a state sales and use tax on diesel fuel that rail carriers must pay while motor and water carriers are exempt.

The full 9th Circuit federal appeals court declined to rehear a case involving a Hawaii private school's policy of serving only native Hawaiian students.

Arguments focused on whether contributions for scholarships, including for those attending religious schools, violate the U.S. Constitution's establishment clause.

The Supreme Court takes up a California law that seeks to regulate the sale of violent video games to minors.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to consider whether a 13-year-old burglary suspect who was interrogated at school by the police should have been given a Miranda warning about his rights.

A federal appeals court rules that a New Jersey moving company cannot recover more than $800,000 from the Philadelphia school district for alleged cost overruns on a moving project.

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