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The U.S. Supreme Court has already agreed to hear one dispute with big implications for public education in its term that opened Oct. 2, and others that hold high interest for educators are knocking at the door.
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In addition to hearing a major case involving public-employee unions, the U.S. Supreme Court may face a wide range of disputes of keen interest to the education community. (September 29, 2017)


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The ruling striking down the state's school aid formula reignites years of fighting over how to assure an 'adequate' and 'equitable' public education.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Whether public-employee unions can continue to demand fees from nonmembers once again hinges on what a deeply divided Supreme Court decides.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
In addition to hearing a major case involving public-employee unions, the U.S. Supreme Court may face a wide range of disputes of keen interest to the education community.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
In states including Connecticut and Wisconsin, fiscal bickering among state officials continues, putting local districts on edge.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Among the most lasting and indelible images of the civil rights movement were the nine black teenagers who had to be escorted by federal troops past an angry white mob and through the doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sept. 25, 1957.
September 25, 2017 – AP
A Justice Department lawsuit alleging that students were sent to segregated and inferior programs is on hold while an appeals court weighs whether the government can file such cases.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
School systems that identify, discipline, or segregate students with disabilities at a disproportionate rate gird for a requirement that they set aside some federal aid for early-intervention remedies.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on ethnic studies courses was motivated by racial discrimination.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
There are mixed reactions to a report that the Justice Department is recruiting lawyers to investigate and potentially sue colleges and universities over racial preferences.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
Supporters of the immigration program to shield immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation suffered a setback after a ruling by a Brownsville federal judge that puts more pressure on President Donald Trump to decide the program's future.
August 18, 2017 – Education Week

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