Law & Courts
Education news, analysis, and opinion about court cases, lawsuits, and regulations affecting schools.
See also: Supreme Court, Court Cases, First Amendment, Student Rights
- Law & Courts Supreme Court Rules Deaf Student Can Sue School District Over Alleged FailuresThe justices rule that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not bar the student's suit for money damages.Law & Courts After 50 Years, a U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Educational Equity Is Still DebatedIn a school finance case from Texas, the justices held that the wealth of districts was not subject to extra constitutional scrutiny.Law & Courts Florida Law Requiring Gun Buyers to Be 21 Is UpheldA federal appeals court said the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act is consistent with the Second Amendment.Law & Courts Opinion A Student Journalist's Plea: Stop Censoring Us (and Our Advisers)High school newspaper staff deserve the same rights as professionals: to uncover wrongdoings and inform the public.Law & Courts Oxford Schools and Staff Have Immunity in Shooting Lawsuits, Judge RulesA judge ruled that staff at Oxford High School cannot be sued for a shooting that killed four students and wounded seven others.Law & Courts Supreme Court Will Decide Fate of Student Loan Relief: What Teachers Need to KnowThe AFT and NEA remind the justices in briefs that teachers carry significant student debt and the pandemic made things worse.Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down South Carolina’s ‘Disturbing Schools’ LawA federal appeals court held that the statutes, which have been the subject of nationwide attention, were unconstitutionally vague.Law & Courts Some Schools Will Get Money From Opioid Settlements—But It Won't Be EasyConflicts and unanswered questions stymie schools' efforts to secure a share of recent legal settlements from opioid makers.Law & Courts Supreme Court Asks for Biden Administration's Views on Legal Status of Charter SchoolsStemming from a suit over a North Carolina school's dress code, the issue is whether "public" charter schools act with government authority.Law & Courts West Virginia Law Barring Transgender Girls From School Sports Upheld by Federal JudgeThe decision is a turnabout for the judge, who cast doubt on the law in 2021 and issued an order allowing a transgender girl to compete.Law & Courts A Teacher Argued His MAGA Hat Was Protected Speech. Here's What a Federal Appeals Court SaidDid a principal violate a teacher's rights when she told him not to bring his Donald Trump-inspired hat to a racial-sensitivity training?Law & Courts School District Policy Basing Restroom Access on 'Biological Sex' Upheld by Appeals CourtThe sharply divided appellate court rules against transgender student Drew Adams and possibly tees up a major fight in the Supreme Court.Law & Courts Supreme Court to Highlight Little Rock, Desegregation History in Exhibit to Open Next FallChief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. highlights the brave role of a federal judge in Little Rock in 1957, and draws some parallels to today.Law & Courts Court Upholds Discipline of Students for Instagram Posts That Targeted Black ClassmatesA unanimous federal appeals court panel said its ruling was consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's 2021 decision on off-campus speech.Law & Courts The 8 Most Consequential Developments in Education Law in 2022The list includes major decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, a transition on the high court, and several lower court decisions.