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Nakia Wallace, center, a Detroit high school student, protests at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of affirmative action. The high court is weighing a Michigan law barring its use in higher education.
—Susan Walsh/AP

High Court Weighs Mich. Affirmative-Action Ban

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)

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04/22 07:00 pm | Justices Uphold Michigan Ballot Ban on Race Preferences in Higher Ed. | The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan ballot initiative that bars race-based preferences in admissions at the state's universities.

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Many affected by the shutdowns vow to harness momentum from the battle and keep pressure on the school system.
June 4, 2013 - Education Week
Plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit challenging Arizona's practice of educating ELL learners in separate English-language classes for four hours a day are appealing a federal court ruling that upheld the practice.
May 14, 2013 - Education Week
May 13, 2013 - Education Week
Teachers represented in the lawsuit against the state education department argue that they are being graded against subjects and students they don't teach.
April 16, 2013 | Updated: May 7, 2013 - Education Week
No good can come of shifting the blame from the perpetrators to the system when it comes to organized cheating on standardized tests, writes Michael J. Feuer.
April 9, 2013 - Education Week
Concerns about the well-being of children of gay parents came up as the Supreme Court heard arguments on same-sex marriage.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
Legal briefs in a pair of cases to be argued at the Supreme Court raise such issues as schools' treatment of same-sex parents and gay students and the possible impact on curriculum.
March 25, 2013 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on a provision of the Voting Rights Act that affects hundreds of school districts.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week
A state district court judge ruled the Texas school financing system unconstitutional, cheering hundreds of local districts that had sued.
February 19, 2013 - Education Week
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Hazelwood at 25
A Supreme Court decision that diminished students' First Amendment rights has had dire consequences on a generation of young people, writes Frank D. LoMonte.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week

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