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.
Law & Courts A Full U.S. Appeals Court Lets Federal Right-to-Education Case Go Forward
The suit says Mississippi’s lack of a “uniform” education system violates a post-Civil War era law readmitting the state to the union.
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.
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.
Law & Courts Supreme Court Rules Job Discrimination Law Shields LGBTQ Workers
The sweeping 6-3 civil rights ruling has implications for school districts as employers as well as for continuing legal battles over the rights of transgender students.
Law & Courts Right-to-Education Ruling Jolts Education-Advocacy World
The decision by a federal appeals court recognizing the right to a basic minimum education may be felt far beyond the substandard Detroit schools underlying it, but hurdles could remain.
Privacy & Security Opinion How the Ed. Department Threw a Wrench in Student-Privacy Laws
An incoherent FERPA rule change is facing legal challenges. As it should, writes Frank D. LoMonte.
Law & Courts Trump Drops Fight to Add Citizenship Question to Census
The issue has been followed by education groups who feared the question would harm response rates and affect the allocation of federal school aid.
Law & Courts Video What Constitutional Rights Do Students Have?
When schools paddle students, censor student-newspaper articles, and write dress codes aimed at kids’ hairstyles, they risk undercutting the civic principles they’re supposed to be instilling. But courts have long recognized that the U.S. Constitution’s reach into the schoolhouse is limited, although the exact limits can be murky. Learn more about the legal context surrounding free-speech, search-and-seizure, due-process, and other constitutional rights when it comes to minor students in schools.
Equity & Diversity K-12 Aid at Stake in Suit Over Census' Citizenship Question
Count educators as part of the population taking a keen interest in a major U.S. Supreme Court case about whether President Donald Trump's administration properly added a question about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census.
Special Education Feds Can't Delay Special Education Bias Rule, Judge Says
The Education Department made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision in delaying an Obama-era rule that would change the way states monitor how minority students are identified and served in special education, a federal judge rules.
Law & Courts Landmark Case on Student Free Speech Still Resonates 50 Years Later
The Supreme Court’s 1969 ‘Tinker’ ruling in the case of students wearing black armbands remains a touchstone in the robust debate over the rights of free expression in public schools.