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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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Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, a Denver federal appeals court judge, has written or joined in opinions involving school discipline, special education, school employee speech, and more.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
In 43 states and the District of Columbia, black students are arrested at school at disproportionately high levels, an Education Week Research Center analysis finds.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
A handful of words and phrases could end up setting the standard for the level of benefits school districts nationwide must provide to students with disabilities.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
Education officials are wrestling with how they would protect student data if the Trump administration tried to use it for immigration-enforcement purposes.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
Gov. Dannel Malloy will seek to dramatically adjust the way Connecticut distributes more than $4 billion of state aid, he told legislators in his annual address, as the legislature gets back to business for the 2017 session.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
In a case involving a Colorado student with autism, the Supreme Court will consider what level of benefits school districts must provide to students with disabilities.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
The policy areas include everything from funding for special education and disadvantaged students to college access, career and technical education, and student data privacy, not to mention ESSA regulations.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
A deadly crash in Tennessee has sparked fresh calls for better bus safety, but no consensus on seat belts.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Now that states are moving to take on new authority over K-12 policy under the Every Student Succeeds Act, skirmishes are breaking out in several states over who's in charge.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
America's outsize spending on criminal justice comes at the expense of schooling, write Lori Bezahler and Allison R. Brown.
December 7, 2016 – Education Week

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