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In 1954 Nettie Hunt and her daughter Nickie sit on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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60 Years After Brown, School Diversity More Complex Than Ever

Dramatic demographic changes, shifting court opinions, and housing segregation make school integration a major challenge. (May 13, 2014)

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09/15 08:51 am | Appeals Court Rejects Suit Alleging Race Bias in Special Education Placements | A divided federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit alleging that a Pennsylvania district acted with racial bias when it disproportionately assigned African-American students ...

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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
The Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers brings educators with a keen interest in the law to Washington for a hands-on encounter with the nation's highest court.
July 21, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court stopped short of reversing a key precedent allowing public-worker unions to charge "agency fees" to nonmembers.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
The justices dealt with several cases of interest to educators, including disputes involving race in college admissions, prayers at government meetings, and more.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
The decision by a California judge declaring unconstitutional key aspects of teacher tenure and due-process protections has made waves, but the implications in that state and beyond remain unclear.
July 7, 2014 - Education Week
Amid intense debate over the common core, 10 states have recently enacted laws that place new restrictions or specifications on how state boards of education adopt standards
June 23, 2014 - Education Week

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