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K-12 and the U.S. Supreme Court: Highlights of the 2016-17 Term

The justices confronted a number of important K-12 education issues, deciding cases on special education, free exercise of religion, and more. (June 30, 2017)

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More than a dozen states have been weighing bills to expand free-speech and free-press protections for student journalists and their teacher-advisers.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
As the Trump administration pushes for federally backed vouchers, there are major concerns about whether some participating private schools would abide by civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
Lone Star State lawmakers passed bills to crack down on cyberbullying and alter the state's letter-grade system for schools, but failed to clear the way for the use of vouchers and education savings accounts, or to overhaul the K-12 funding formula.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights: Public schools in many states enjoy powerful shields, including caps on damages if they lose a lawsuit and high legal hurdles to prove misconduct.
May 22, 2017 – AP
The Associated Press reviewed verdicts and settlements across the country in lawsuits brought against schools over student-on-student sexual abuse.
May 22, 2017 – AP
Those who lobby on behalf of public school educators, civil rights issues, and education funding say they're fighting what feels like a multifront war.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
A federal judge will allow Gardendale, Ala., to form its own school district of mostly white students in spite of her criticism that city leaders are doing so as a way to control racial demographics in public schools.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Spurred on by new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act and by revenue shortfalls, state legislators scrap over who should be in charge of education policy and how to better spend K-12 dollars, among other issues.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
A dispute not directly related to education has the potential to weaken or eliminate one of the last legal barriers to vouchers for use at private religious schools.
April 14, 2017 – Education Week
Democrats grilled Judge Neil M. Gorsuch on the stance he's taken toward the level of services due students with disabilities, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week

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