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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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04/22 07:00 pm | Justices Uphold Michigan Ballot Ban on Race Preferences in Higher Ed. | The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan ballot initiative that bars race-based preferences in admissions at the state's universities.

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A federal lawsuit alleges that the online education provider K12 Inc. misled investors, and says that the company’s former CEO benefited by selling off stock before the company’s stock price fell.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
In return for abolishing tenure, lawmakers are making districts offer raises to a quarter of their teachers, a quota administrators' and teachers' associations are protesting.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
A lawsuit alleges that New Mexico's A-F grading system for schools and its teacher-evaluation policies cause an unfair distribution of resources for schools.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
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
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

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