High Court Sets Argument Dates in Education Cases

By Mark Walsh — February 24, 2009 1 min read
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced the dates for oral arguments in three school cases. The justices will hear arguments in April in cases dealing with English-language learners, student searches, and special education.

Here are the dates and case summaries:

Monday, April 20,11 a.m.
Horne v. Flores and Speaker of the Arizona House v. Flores (Case Nos. 08-289 and 08-294)
In these consolidated cases, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, Tom Horne, and state legislative leaders of lower-court rulings that the state was not providing enough funding for English-language learners. I reported on the court’s acceptance of the case in Education Week here and in the blog here.

Tuesday, April 21, 10 a.m.
Safford Unified School District v. Redding (No. 08-479)
In this case, the court will examine whether a strip-search of an 8th grader by school officials looking for ibuprofen pills was an unreasonable search under the 4th Amendment. I reported on the case in this Education Week story (which leads with news involving some other school cases) and in the blog here.

Tuesday, April 28, 10 a.m.
Forest Grove School District v. T.A. (No. 08-305)
The court will decide whether parents in a dispute with a school district over their child’s special education plan may win tuition reimbursement for a private school school placement when the child has never received special education services from the public schools. I reported on it in Education Week here and in the blog here (the same stories or blog posts as the Safford case).

A version of this news article first appeared in The School Law Blog.