Student Issues Are Focus of Court
In a number of school-related cases, the U.S. Supreme Court came down on the side of access to the legal process.
In a 2008-09 term that included several high-profile cases involving public schools, the U.S. Supreme Court often sided with students, parents, and their access to the legal process. Those parties won victories in decisions on strip-searches, sex discrimination, and special education.
The end of the term on June 29 also signaled a change in the makeup of the court itself, with Justice David H. Souter stepping down after more than 18 years. The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to begin hearings this week on President Barack Obama’s choice to replace him, U.S. Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor. She was expected to face some tough questioning from the panel’s Republicans, particularly on race-conscious policies in areas such as employment.
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