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In 1954 Nettie Hunt and her daughter Nickie sit on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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60 Years After Brown, School Diversity More Complex Than Ever

Dramatic demographic changes, shifting court opinions, and housing segregation make school integration a major challenge. (May 13, 2014)

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07/17 04:50 pm | Appeals Court Rejects D.C. Teacher's Speech-Retaliation Suit | A federal appeals court has ruled against a Washington teacher who contends he was dismissed in retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged test tampering.

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The plaintiffs in Vergara v. California say it's too difficult to get rid of "grossly ineffective" teachers, but state officials and teachers' unions counter that the protections don’t block dismissals.
February 3, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a dispute with the potential to shake up the landscape for teachers' unions and other public-sector labor groups.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
The decision is being interpreted as giving commercial Internet providers significantly more power to block content or set conditions on its delivery before it reaches customers, including schools.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
A federal judge has approved a settlement to allow Arkansas to phase out millions of dollars in school desegregation aid to three Little Rock-area districts.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
A state judge says the Douglas County school system broke campaign laws when it commissioned a white paper supporting the school board's 'reform agenda.'
January 7, 2014 - Education Week
Depending on how the Kansas Supreme Court rules in a school finance lawsuit, state lawmakers could be facing a big bill.
December 10, 2013 - Education Week
A bill being promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, suggests data privacy will likely be a hot-button issue in statehouses around the country in 2014.
December 3, 2013 - Education Week
A dispute before the state's high court is part of a trend of funding-equity cases that touch on state responsibility for early-childhood education.
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
Despite a wave of measures abolishing the controversial disciplinary practice, many communities are still using paddles to curb student misbehavior.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
Conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical that Michigan's voter-enacted prohibition on affirmative action in higher education violates the 14th Amendment's equal-protection principles.
October 21, 2013 - Education Week

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