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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.
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The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights: Public schools in many states enjoy powerful shields, including caps on damages if they lose a lawsuit and high legal hurdles to prove misconduct.
May 22, 2017 – AP
The Associated Press reviewed verdicts and settlements across the country in lawsuits brought against schools over student-on-student sexual abuse.
May 22, 2017 – AP
The state House approved legislation 91-43 requiring new school buses, 2018 models and newer, to have safety belts.
May 18, 2017 – AP
Those who lobby on behalf of public school educators, civil rights issues, and education funding say they're fighting what feels like a multifront war.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
A federal judge said that she won't reconsider her order that would allow Gardendale, Ala., to form its own school system despite her own findings that racist motives were behind the move.
May 11, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
A federal judge will allow Gardendale, Ala., to form its own school district of mostly white students in spite of her criticism that city leaders are doing so as a way to control racial demographics in public schools.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Spurred on by new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act and by revenue shortfalls, state legislators scrap over who should be in charge of education policy and how to better spend K-12 dollars, among other issues.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
More than half of Louisiana's public school districts still will allow their schools to paddle and spank students for misbehavior after the state House overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to ban corporal punishment across the districts.
May 8, 2017 – AP
A dispute not directly related to education has the potential to weaken or eliminate one of the last legal barriers to vouchers for use at private religious schools.
April 14, 2017 – Education Week
Democrats grilled Judge Neil M. Gorsuch on the stance he's taken toward the level of services due students with disabilities, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week

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