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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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07/02 05:53 pm | N.Y. High Court Rejects Local Law Against Cyberbullying | The court threw out the conviction of a high school student who had posted photographs on Facebook with vulgar descriptions of his classmates.

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New guidelines from education, religious, and First Amendment groups are warning schools to be mindful of students' free-speech rights as they step up anti-bullying efforts.
May 22, 2012 - Education Week
Schools cannot block access to nonpornographic websites that deal with homosexuality, the ACLU's Joshua Block writes.
May 15, 2012 - Education Week
Some behavior in such situations can now be deemed illegal under state cyberbullying laws or even cyber-impersonation and identify-theft laws.
April 3, 2012 - Education Week
U.S. Supreme Court justices mulled whether expansion of the Medicaid program would swell federal power to put conditions on states when they take money in other areas, such as education.
April 2, 2012 - Education Week
The agreement ends a federal probe into whether Anoka-Hennepin schools could have done more to address gay-related bullying.
March 13, 2012 - Education Week
The Supreme Court will weigh the use of race in a college admissions case with implications for K-12 policy.
February 28, 2012 - Education Week
An online learning coalition has filed a lawsuit, claiming that state budget cuts have hit alternative education programs harder than traditional schools.
February 28, 2012 - Education Week
A lawsuit from the National Council on Teacher Quality seeks to compel the University of Wisconsin and several of its campuses to turn over the syllabi from their teacher education programs.
February 2, 2012 - Education Week
Administrators still seek guidance despite the Supreme Court's denial of cases involving discipline of student speech on the Internet.
January 24, 2012 - Education Week
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision that the Constitution bars employment-discrimination lawsuits against churches by their ministers holds major implications for religious schools.
January 17, 2012 - Education Week

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