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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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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
With district leaders at odds with the teachers' union and state officials over the city's K-12 finances, educators, parents, and students worry about the future.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
After more than 10 years under state authority, the city's public schools—most of them charters—will be supervised by the locally elected school board.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
The possibility that the budget impasse in Illinois would extend to a second year and shut down school systems has grown stronger in recent weeks.
April 28, 2016 – Education Week
A divided high court hears oral arguments over the Obama administration’s program to give protection from deportation to unauthorized immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
A federal appeals court ruling that Title IX protects the rights of students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity could have far-reaching implications for schools.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
While affirming the constitutionality of California's teacher job-protection laws, the state appeals court decried "deplorable" school-staffing arrangements.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
Indiana has become the latest state to seek to curb persistent teacher shortages by offering college-tuition dollars to students who go into teaching.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week

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