Law & Courts
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- Law & Courts If Critical Race Theory Is Banned, Are Teachers Protected by the First Amendment?Bills to rein in how race and other controversial topics are taught have thrust K-12 teachers into a thicket of free speech issues.Law & Courts Puerto Rico’s Former Education Secretary Pleads Guilty to Fraud ConspiracyJulia Keleher pleaded guilty to federal fraud conspiracy charges, striking a felony plea bargain and potentially avoiding maximum jail time.Law & Courts High Court Declines to Hear Ex-Principal's Race-Bias Case Over Transfer to Central OfficeThe justices also refuse to take up a case challenging the requirement that men, but not women, register for the military draft.Law & Courts 11-Year-Old Challenges West Virginia Law Barring Transgender Girls From Female SportsThe lawsuit argues that the measure targets transgender females in violation of the equal-protection clause and Title IX.SponsorThis content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.America’s criminal justice system is in crisis and calls for reform are dominating the national debate. Join Cato’s Sphere Education Initiative and Education Week for a webinar on criminal justice and policing featuring the nation’sLaw & Courts Court Restores Officers' Immunity Over Seizure of High School Athletes in Peeping ProbeA federal appeals court ruled in the case of two campus officers involved in detaining football camp participants for hours of questioning.Law & Courts Appeals Court Weighs Idaho Law Barring Transgender Female Students From Girls' SportsThe three-judge federal court panel reviews a lower-court ruling that blocked the controversial statute and said it was likely unconstitutional.Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Backs Socioeconomic-Based Admissions Plan for Boston 'Exam Schools'The court denies an injunction to block the plan for next year and says considering family income in admissions is likely constitutional.Law & Courts U.S. Supreme Court Wary About Extending School Authority Over Student Internet SpeechIn arguments, the justices looked for a narrow way to decide a case about the discipline of a cheerleader over a profane Snapchat message.Law & Courts Supreme Court to Weigh When School Board Censure of a Member Violates the First AmendmentThe justices will decide an issue that has become more salient as a few board members rant inappropriately on social media.Law & Courts Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge to Transgender-Inclusive Athletics Policy in ConnecticutA federal district court judge said the lawsuit by cisgender female athletes was moot because two transgender track athletes had graduated.Law & Courts 7 Things to Know About the Cheerleader Speech Case Coming Up in the U.S. Supreme CourtThe justices hear arguments on Wednesday in the case about whether school officials may discipline students for off-campus speech.Law & Courts Supreme Court Lowers Bar for Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Juvenile OffendersThe justices rule 6-3 that a state does not need to find a juvenile offender “permanently incorrigible” before imposing the harsh sentence.Law & Courts Decades-Old Desegregation Case Drawing to a Close in Tucson, Ariz.After more than 40 years, the Tucson Unified School District is being released from court oversight for its decades-old desegregation case.Law & Courts How a Cheerleader's Snapchat Profanity Could Shape the Limits of Students' Free SpeechBrandi Levy's social media post is the basis for a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on whether schools may punish off-campus speech.