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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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12/06 03:37 pm | Federal Appeals Court Revives Gay-Straight Alliance Suit in Florida | In an opinion by one of President-elect Trump's potential Supreme Court picks, the appeals court applies the federal Equal Access Act to a Florida middle school.

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Federal education officials say they're trying to give states and districts meaningful flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act, while staying true to the law's civil rights mandate.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
A new study done by the Government Accountability Office lands amid fresh calls to address the share of schools that are both economically and racially segregated.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
The fate of challenges to state K-12 funding formulas is far from random, often hinging on the specifics and ambiguities of each state's constitution.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
The Obama administration's guidance to schools on the rights of transgender students has provoked protests, lawsuits, and uncertainty among educators.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
A new report from the Urban Institute explains how systemic barriers that begin at birth put black, Latino, and Native American males at risk of underperformance.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
Recruitment hurdles may loom for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in filling education slots with GOP policy veterans should he take the White House.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
Merrick B. Garland, nominated for a U.S. Supreme Court seat, clerked for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. in the 1978-79 term, which included high-profile education cases.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
Having begged for state aid and borrowed millions at untenable rates, the district is rapidly approaching fiscal insolvency.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
An escalating legal fight between the Obama administration and state officials could still leave federal funds at risk for the state's K-12 schools.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
An expansive new law in Florida allowing students to more easily cross district lines to go to school spotlights the opportunities and challenges in open enrollment.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week

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