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Advocates for children with disabilities cheer a high court decision setting more-ambitious academic expectations for those in special education, while district administrators have a more measured response.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Experts on children with disabilities are cheering a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as a clear win that establishes more-ambitious academic standards for special education students.
March 24, 2017 – Education Week
As battles move into court or the public sphere, it's very hard for schools chiefs and their boards to find a way to work together effectively.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
All eyes will be on the Supreme Court later this month when it hears a case that could either expand or curtail the rights of transgender students.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
Federal lawmakers are again taking a close look at the Higher Education Act, with broad implications for K-12 issues such as college access for low-income students.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
A growing number of educators are lobbying against bills to allow guns in schools as some lawmakers argue for arming school personnel to protect students.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
The justices gave a unanimous, but for now partial, victory to a family that sued a Michigan district that barred a service dog for a child with cerebral palsy.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
More than 100 Teach For America teachers are among 750,000 undocumented immigrants protected by the deferred-action policy, which President Trump has said is a "very difficult subject" for him.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
The push by Republicans to overturn Obama-era accountability rules could have broad consequences for how the law works in states and is dividing the education community.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
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

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