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Nakia Wallace, center, a Detroit high school student, protests at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of affirmative action. The high court is weighing a Michigan law barring its use in higher education.
—Susan Walsh/AP

High Court Weighs Mich. Affirmative-Action Ban

Conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical that Michigan's voter-enacted prohibition on affirmative action in higher education violates the 14th Amendment's equal-protection principles. (October 21, 2013)

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04/09 02:05 pm | Louisiana Ordered to Provide Voucher Data to U.S. | In a long-running dispute, a federal judge has ordered Louisiana to provide annual data to the federal government on the students participating in the state's private school ...

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Funding changes will pour more money into Kansas schools in a bid to satisfy a state supreme court ruling on aid.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week
Spurred by concerns about technology and new assessments, legislators in a number of states act to address student-data protection.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week
A growing number of states are passing "Erin's Laws" requiring schools to take an active role in preventing child sexual abuse.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Politicians and K-12 advocates in a number of states are wrangling over mandates for education aid, even as the Kansas funding system gets struck down by that state’s high court.
March 21, 2014 | Updated: March 27, 2014 - Education Week
A judge has tossed out an effort to win class-action status for a lawsuit accusing Google of violating the privacy of company email users.
March 19, 2014 - AP
The company acknowledges scanning the emails of Apps for Education users and faces allegations in a federal lawsuit that it built "surreptitious user profiles" for advertising purposes.
March 13, 2014 | Updated: March 26, 2014 - Education Week
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
The plaintiffs in Vergara v. California say it's too difficult to get rid of "grossly ineffective" teachers, but state officials and teachers' unions counter that the protections don’t block dismissals.
February 3, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a dispute with the potential to shake up the landscape for teachers' unions and other public-sector labor groups.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
The decision is being interpreted as giving commercial Internet providers significantly more power to block content or set conditions on its delivery before it reaches customers, including schools.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week

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