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Law & Courts Court Backs Religious-School Student's Participation in Vermont Dual-Enrollment Program
A federal appeals court rules that recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions support the student's free exercise of religion claim.
Mark Walsh, January 15, 2021
4 min read
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Law & Courts Supreme Court Considers Issue of Damages That Comes Up in Many Suits Over School Policies
The justices weigh whether students still have a case for "nominal damages" when schools change a policy in response to a lawsuit.
Mark Walsh, January 12, 2021
6 min read
Law & Courts U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Whether Schools May Discipline Students for Internet Speech
The justices will hear the appeal of a school district whose discipline of a student for her vulgar message on Snapchat was overturned.
Mark Walsh, January 8, 2021
5 min read
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Law & Courts District's At-Large Elections Violated Minority Voting Rights, Federal Appeals Court Finds
The case involves school board elections in a majority Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish district with a large Black and Latino population.
Mark Walsh, January 7, 2021
3 min read
Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Revives Teacher's Pay-Discrimination Case Over Starting Salary
The court weighed an administrator's alleged comment that the teacher's starting pay was less because her husband worked.
Mark Walsh, January 5, 2021
3 min read
Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Lets Lawsuit Proceed Against Educators in Student's Suicide
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati, rules in the case of a 3rd grader who killed himself after repeated bullying.
Mark Walsh, December 30, 2020
3 min read
Law & Courts Supreme Court Tosses Challenge to Exclusion of Undocumented Immigrants From Census
The challenge to President Donald Trump's effort is being watched by educators concerned about its impact on federal funding.
Mark Walsh, December 18, 2020
3 min read
This Oct. 4, 2018, photo shows the U.S. Supreme Court at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court has declined to take up an appeal from parents in Oregon who want to prevent transgender students from using locker rooms and bathrooms matching their gender identity.
Parents in Oregon were rebuffed in their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case challenging transgender students' use of locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.
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Law & Courts High Court Declines Challenge to District Policy Protecting Transgender Students
The case was brought by those objecting to letting transgender students use restrooms and other facilities matching their gender identity.
Mark Walsh, December 15, 2020
2 min read
Sara Smith, left, and her daughter Karina Smith visit a makeshift memorial outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018, where 17 students and staff members were killed in a mass shooting.
Sara Smith, left, and her daughter Karina Smith visit a makeshift memorial outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018, where 17 students and staff members were killed.
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Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Rejects Civil Rights Suit by Parkland Survivors
The court in Atlanta held that students who survived the 2018 mass school shooting could not recover from the missteps of public officials.
Mark Walsh, December 14, 2020
3 min read
In this Nov. 14., 2020, file photo supporters of President Donald Trump attend pro-Trump marches outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats.
Supporters of President Donald Trump attend pro-Trump marches outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Nov. 14. The court heard arguments Nov. 30 over whether the Trump administration can exclude undocumented immigrants from the count used for divvying up congressional seats.
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Law & Courts Justices Weigh Trump Effort to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Key Census Tally
Education groups expressed concern that excluding undocumented immigrants would affect census numbers used in federal funding programs.
Mark Walsh, November 30, 2020
7 min read
In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addresses the media in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus.
Kentucky Gov. Andrew G. Beshear is battling the state's attorney general over his order to stop all in-person school instruction to battle a surge in COVID-19 cases.
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Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Lifts Block on Kentucky School Closure Order
The injunction would have let private religious schools reopen despite the governor's order barring in-person instruction.
Mark Walsh, November 29, 2020
3 min read
Protesters gather on the sidewalk outside the the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York. Three  Jewish congregations  sued New York state and Cuomo, saying he engaged in a “streak of anti-Semitic discrimination” with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the state’s coronavirus infection rate.
Protesters gather outside the the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York. Three Jewish congregations sued New York state and Cuomo, saying he engaged in a “streak of anti-Semitic discrimination” with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the state’s coronavirus infection rate.
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Law & Courts U.S. Supreme Court Blocks New York State COVID-19 Limits on Religious Services
The 5-4 decision reveals a fault line that may prevail when the high court confronts pandemic restrictions on religious education.
Mark Walsh, November 26, 2020
6 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
November 25, 2020
8 min read
Student Well-Being Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
October 26, 2020
9 min read