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The Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11.
—AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

High Stakes in Union-Fee Case Before Supreme Court

Arguments this month will focus on whether to overturn a key precedent allowing unions to charge nonmembers for collective bargaining costs. (January 5, 2016)

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02/01 08:44 am | Texas Cheerleaders' Suit on Religious Banners Is Reinstated | The state's highest court has revived a lawsuit brought by cheerleaders who were barred, for a time, from displaying banners with religious messages at school football ...

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Charter supporters scramble to find ways of keeping the schools alive after Washington’s charter law is struck down, while charter critics hope to build momentum.
September 11, 2015 - Education Week
School districts are expected to rewrite policies to limit the use of suspensions and expulsions under a statute championed by student groups.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
The state's decision to close its preschool pilot program to 4-year-olds who are not legal U.S. residents has raised sticky questions about access.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
Tensions remain among legislators as they seek to hammer out a school funding plan amid $100,000 a day in court-ordered sanctions.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
A scathing U.S. Department of Justice letter alleges discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act by a statewide network of alternative schools.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
The state law raising the school dropout age from 16 to 18 could be in for both a legal challenge and revision from the 2016 General Assembly.
July 20, 2015 - McClatchy-Tribune
Now that state lawmakers have approved a split-up of the Clark County school district, which includes Las Vegas, the question is how to go about doing it.
July 7, 2015 - Education Week
With most legislative sessions complete, the scorecard shows that many states are focused on rebuilding K-12 funding and grappling with the thorny issue of student assessments.
July 7, 2015 - Education Week
Even when the U.S. Supreme Court is not weighing education-specific cases, many of its decisions reach into the schools—and the 2014-15 term was no exception.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week
U.S. Supreme Court justices issued rulings on a wide range of cases with implications for schools and educators in the court's just-completed 2014-15 term. Here are some excerpts from the majority opinions in a handful of cases closely watched by the education community.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week

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