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Lawyer Michael A. Carvin, right, presents arguments for the non-union teachers as the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case involving unions’ ability to collect fees from nonmembers.
—Art Lien

K-12 and the Supreme Court: Highlights From 2015-16

Affirmative action, teachers' union fees, and deportation relief for undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children were among the top education-related issues in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent term. (July 12, 2016)

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12/06 03:37 pm | Federal Appeals Court Revives Gay-Straight Alliance Suit in Florida | In an opinion by one of President-elect Trump's potential Supreme Court picks, the appeals court applies the federal Equal Access Act to a Florida middle school.

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America's outsize spending on criminal justice comes at the expense of schooling, write Lori Bezahler and Allison R. Brown.
December 7, 2016 – Education Week
Officials with the U.S. Department of Education said recently that an Idaho school district violated federal law when it segregated elementary students into single-sex classrooms.
November 30, 2016 – AP
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a group of Kansas parents and students who object on religious grounds to the state's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
Advocates worry that the incoming Trump administration could scale back federal civil rights enforcement in education after nearly eight years of high-profile attention to the subject.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Virginia student's case against his school district over restroom access, in which a central issue is the proper interpretation of a federal regulation under Title IX.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
A 32-page affidavit alleges that Joy Hofmeister conspired for more than a year with several others to finance a negative campaign ad to oust then-Superintendent Janet Barresi.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court hears a special education dispute involving a girl with cerebral palsy who was denied the use of her service dog at school.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
The Georgia Supreme Court delivered a blow to gun rights activists in a ruling that said a law that prohibits guns at school property trumps one passed at the same time that allowed firearms inside school safety zones.
November 1, 2016 – McClatchy-Tribune
The goal is to spur adoption of legislation requiring the formation of advisory committees charged with finding ways to improve the safe and ethical use of technology.
November 2, 2016 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the case of a student with cerebral palsy who was denied the use of a service dog in her elementary school.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week

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