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High Court Declines to Hear Banner, Textbook Appeals

By Mark Walsh — October 11, 2016 1 min read

The U.S. Supreme Court last week turned down two K-12 education-related appeals, including one from a former porn star who battled with a Florida district over the removal of banners promoting his math-tutoring business.

The Palm Beach County district initially welcomed educator David Mech’s banner for the Happy/Fun Math Tutor program as part of its business-partnership program. But when the district learned that Mech is a former porn performer who still ran a porn-production business, it removed his banners and told him the situation was inconsistent with the district’s educational mission.

Also, the justices did not act in an appeal involving a New Mexico program that lends textbooks to private schools, including religious schools. The state’s supreme court had held that a provision of the New Mexico constitution meant that religious schools could not take part in the program.

A version of this article appeared in the October 12, 2016 edition of Education Week as High Court Declines to Hear Banner, Textbook Appeals

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