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The U.S. Supreme Court's deadlock in a case over teachers' union fees for non-members was a relief for organized labor, but cases on the issue still percolate in the lower courts.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
Pressure stemming from the testing opt-out movement has led to some heated debate in the Empire State involving standards and the use of student scores in teacher evaluations.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
Educators and immigration activists are weighing in on a case at the U.S. Supreme Court April 18 with broad implications for millions of undocumented immigrant parents, their children, and schools.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
Allowing the bill to come into law would be "in direct contravention to the Idaho Constitution," Gov. Butch Otter wrote in a veto message.
April 6, 2016 – Education Week
Shirley M. Hufstedler, who died March 30 at age 90, put her stamp on the new agency at a turbulent time during the Carter administration.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
The state is the first to enact a law that will limit transgender students access to restrooms and locker rooms in public schools.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
Parents concerned about the impact of frequent moves and long deployments on their families are seeking stability in their children's educational opportunities.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
With the advent of the Every Student Succeeds Act, state boards of education seek to reassert their influence, as legislators, superintendents, and others vie for a piece of the policy pie.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
In oral arguments, the justices appeared sharply divided over whether religious schools must take action if they want to opt out of providing contraceptive services under the Affordable Care Act.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland also has been a private lawyer, federal prosecutor, and Department of Justice official.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week

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