January 2014 Archives

A Maine school district discriminated against a transgender student by barring her from the girls' restroom after earlier allowing her to use it, the state's highest court ruled.

The justices took up a case with the potential to shake up the collective bargaining landscape for teachers unions and other public-employee labor groups.

The justices added two issues to their docket with potential implications for education, one involving speech protection for testimony by public employees, the other about police searches of cellphones.

In a contentious case on speech near abortion clinics, the parties point to a pair of cases on protests outside schools decided on the same day in 1972.

Two federal courts recently issued important rulings affecting race and education that aim to move parts of the country beyond racial considerations.

The justices turned away appeals stemming from cases related to school employee layoffs and back pay sought by temporary workers.

Citing concerns about sex discrimination, a federal judge issued an injunction barring Delaware education officials from closing an all-girls charter school labeled a "failing school."

Federal officials have released guidance on discipline in schools aimed at discriminatory and "exclusionary" policies. The departments of Justice and Education released the guidance this week clarifying how school districts can meet their obligations under Title IV and Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which relate to fair and nondiscriminatory treatment among schools and recipients of federal aid. Education Week's Evie Blad has the story here, and this Education Department page has links to the guidance, a dear colleague letter to school administrators, and other materials. Meanwhile, the "PBS Newshour" had a fairly extensive report on ...

Four education groups want the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld the right of students to wear "I ♥ Boobies" breast-cancer awareness bracelets.

A court ruling backs the ability of school administrators and security personnel to rely on anonymous tips to thwart potential school violence.

Several Roman Catholic schools have helped win a court order delaying the Obama administration's requirement for contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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