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After Decades of Action, Supreme Court Cools on School Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has gone five years without hearing a single case involving a school district or local school official as the party bringing the case or as the respondent. (September 30, 2014)

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10/16 01:01 pm | Parents Potentially Liable for Son's Fake Facebook Account, Georgia Court Rules | A state appeals court says parents of a 7th grader who created a fake Facebook account mocking a classmate are potentially liable for negligence.

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Madison County, Wis., school officials face allegations that two recent contracts violate the state's controversial law that restricts public employees' bargaining rights.
September 16, 2014 - Education Week
Rancorous debate between those who view themselves as school reformers and teachers and their unions needs to give way to constructive conversation and K-12 policy progress, Patrick Riccards says.
September 15, 2014 - Education Week
A state supreme court's order means legislators must produce a plan to substantially boost education aid in their 2015 session or face penalties.
September 12, 2014 - Education Week
Tensions continue to flare in the protracted legal battle over school funding in Washington, which has pitted the state's highest court against the legislature for more than two years.
September 8, 2014 - Education Week
Middle school English teacher Carl Finer says the controversial California court decision on teacher tenure can be seen as a lever to improve conditions for teaching and learning.
September 3, 2014 - Teacher
The 2014-15 academic year is projected to be the first in which African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American students together will outnumber non- Hispanic whites in K-12 public schools.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
The demographic transformation of American classrooms was not unexpected. This timeline tracks changes in U.S. immigration laws.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
Waivers from NCLB mandates are among the items named by House Republicans in authorizing a suit against President Barack Obama over alleged executive overreach.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
As the Education Department prepares to release new guidance on its peer-review process for standards and assessments, educators and testmakers worry how their systems will be judged under the new criteria.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
In a year when 46 states will hold legislative elections and 36 will select governors, state lawmakers pushed ahead on education priorities such as pre-K, teacher evaluations, and funding formulas.
August 4, 2014 - Education Week

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