April 2011 Archives

In a case with implications for elected school board members, the U.S. Supreme Court took up a tough Nevada ethics law challenged as impinging on the First Amendment rights of local policymakers.

In a case raising novel issues about student speech rights in the Internet era, a federal appeals court has upheld the discipline of a Connecticut student who had harshly criticized school officials in her Web journal.

The case involves whether a parent may bring a negligence claim against a school district that allegedly failed to identify a high school student's disabilities.

A federal district judge has blocked a Pennsylvania school district from enforcing its ban against breast-awareness bracelets that refer to "boobies," saying the ban is likely unconstitutional under U.S. Supreme Court precedents on student speech.

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed new regulations on the privacy of educational records, meant to safeguard student data but also guarantee that states may share data to help judge the effectiveness of school improvement efforts.

A federal appeals court has upheld a police search of a visiting high school soccer team accused by an unruly crowd of stealing iPods and cellphones from the host school's locker room.

A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that taxpayers who challenged an Arizona tax credit that benefits religious schools lacked legal standing to because any financial benefit to religion is not the result of government spending choices.

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