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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

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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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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
The state's highest court is weighing the "adequacy" of the Kansas school funding system and previously ruled that the system is inequitable.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh how much students should benefit from special education.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
The Michigan Supreme Court said Wednesday it won't give an opinion on the legality of sending $2.5 million in public money to private schools.
October 5, 2016 – AP
The legal action—which focuses on academic content licensing, royalties, and photocopying—has potentially big implications for the use of open educational resources in schools.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
A First Amendment expert says K-12 officials can't discipline students for acts of protest that don't disrupt school operations.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
The 2016-17 high court term could prove to be the most consequential in years for K-12, including cases on special education and aid to religion.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
The state’s Supreme Court strikes down the funding mechanism for Nevada’s groundbreaking education savings account program, a little more than a year after lawmakers enacted it.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
A new Texas law requiring such cameras at the request of parents and teachers raises questions about cost, privacy, and even whether they'll help protect children.
September 21, 2016 – Education Week
The Vergara lawyers' strategy of casting tenure laws as a violation of students' rights has provided a blueprint for continuing debate, experts say.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week

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