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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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Twenty-nine states ban corporal punishment, but rules vary even from district to district. Some schools reported using physical discipline even when their states said no.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
A Michigan woman is responsible for filing some 500 federal complaints against school districts and others with websites she says disregard the needs of users who are blind or visually impaired.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
Principals on ESSA: Some states are asking school leaders to weigh in on the new law.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
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 20, 2016 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on race-conscious admissions provides important guidance on how districts can further diversify their schools, write Erica Frankenberg and Liliana M. Garces.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
Educators at all levels believe they have some room to maneuver now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas.
July 7, 2016 – Education Week
Timing issues, as well as electoral uncertainties, complicate the picture as states and districts weigh accountability rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
School districts are girding for the possible cutoff of state funding at the end of the month if lawmakers fail to satisfy a Kansas high court ruling demanding more equitable K-12 funding.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
The clash involving the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague" letter on transgender students' choice of restrooms spotlights the often-arcane wrangling over federal regulatory guidance.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
The number of civil rights complaints and investigations spiked dramatically during the Obama administration.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week

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