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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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09/07 08:45 am | Teacher Is Denied Immunity in Case of Stranger Who Took Kindergartner | A federal appeals court ruled that a teacher who allowed a stranger to take a student, who was then sexually assaulted, is not entitled to immunity.

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The Legislature must report back to the state Supreme Court next summer on its progress complying with the justices' 2014 order to fix South Carolina's education system.
September 21, 2016 – AP
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
The national debate over transgender rights took yet another turn after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Obama administration from enforcing new guidelines meant to expand students' access to restrooms and locker rooms in schools.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
A judge ruled Friday that school districts can't hold 3rd graders back just because they score badly on a mandated standardized reading test, saying that classroom grades and teacher evaluations have to be considered.
August 26, 2016 – AP
The debate on restroom access remains unsettled, as multiple legal cases play out and enforcement of new federal guidelines is blocked for now.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
More than 109,000 students were paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished in 2013-14, an Education Week analysis finds.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Twenty-nine states ban corporal punishment, but rules vary even from district to district. Some schools reported using physical discipline even when their states said no.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
A Michigan woman is responsible for filing some 500 federal complaints against school districts and others with websites she says disregard the needs of users who are blind or visually impaired.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
Principals on ESSA: Some states are asking school leaders to weigh in on the new law.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week

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