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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
Opponents of Arizona's new universal private school voucher program succeeded in blocking the law until voters can weigh in next year, barring a successful court challenge or an outright repeal of the new law by the Legislature.
September 6, 2017 – AP
A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on ethnic studies courses was motivated by racial discrimination.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
Attorneys for local and state school officials say they agree that some Flint schoolchildren exposed to lead will require special education services. But they argued in federal court that a lawsuit to force them to provide those services isn't the answer.
August 24, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
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
Catherine Lhamon, the civil rights chief in Obama's Education Department, says she's worried about how the Trump administration approaches investigations and enforcement in some areas.
July 20, 2017 – Education Week
While many schools don’t discuss LGBT issues, teachers should play a role in shaping students’ understandings of their gender identity, writes Laura Erickson-Schroth.
July 11, 2017 – Education Week
The justices confronted a number of important K-12 education issues, deciding cases on special education, free exercise of religion, and more.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week

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