October 2011 Archives

Justice Clarence Thomas urges his Supreme Court colleagues to bring some cohesion to the case law involving displays of religious messages in courthouses, city halls, and public schools.

In an 854-page opinion that examines Alabama's racial history, a federal district judge turned away a challenge to the state's property-tax system for funding schools.

Justice Thomas observes his 20th anniversary on the U.S. Supreme Court this week, and a story in this week's issue of Education Week examines some of his opinions in education and youths' rights cases.

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a consent decree with an Illinois school district over a lawsuit alleging religious discrimination in the case of a Muslim teacher who was denied leave to make a religious pilgrimage.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal involving Confederate symbols and another about a sexually explicit cartoon in a student newspaper.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with a clash of the rights of churches to make employment decisions about workers with religious functions versus the interests of government in ensuring a discrimination-free workplace.

Opening its new term on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a case challenging an Illinois law requiring a daily period of silent prayer or reflection.

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