Law & Courts
Education news, analysis, and opinion about court cases, lawsuits, and regulations affecting schools.
- Law & Courts Justice Dept. to Pay $127.5M to Parkland Massacre Victims' FamiliesAttorneys for 16 of the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland said they had reached a confidential monetary settlement.Law & Courts Can Public Money Go to Religious Schools? A Divisive Supreme Court Case AwaitsThe justices will weigh Maine's exclusion of religious schools from its "tuitioning" program for students from towns without high schools.Law & Courts Students Expelled, Suspended for 'Slavery' Petition Sue DistrictThe lawsuit claims the officials violated the students’ First Amendment, due process, and equal protection rights.Law & Courts Infowars' Alex Jones Ordered to Pay Damages to Sandy Hook Families in Defamation LawsuitsThe Sandy Hook families will have an opportunity to present to a jury the extent to which Alex Jones' hoax claims harmed them.Law & Courts In a Major Ruling on School Masks, Federal Judge Sides With Vulnerable StudentsThe ruling that a Texas ban on mask mandates discriminated against students with disabilities could reverberate elsewhere.Law & Courts Schools in Most States Are Shielded From COVID Lawsuits. It May Not HelpMany states ban such suits, but just the threat can wreak havoc. Some districts have already lost insurance coverage for COVID claims.Law & Courts Why Schools Have a Stake in U.S. Supreme Court Case That May Expand Gun RightsIn a case from New York state, the justices may further define the "sensitive places" such as schools where all firearms may be prohibited.Law & Courts In Censure of School Board Member, U.S. Supreme Court Skeptical of First Amendment ClaimThe justices weighed the free speech implications of a formal reprimand of a community college board member who violated board rules.Law & Courts How Critical Race Theory Made an Appearance in Abortion Case Before the U.S. Supreme CourtSome fear the Texas abortion law that relies on private enforcement could prompt similar measures for race discussions at school.Law & Courts Is Censuring a 'Rogue' School Board Member a Free Speech Violation? High Court to DecideThe U.S. Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments on whether official rebukes of officeholders trigger First Amendment concerns.Law & Courts Critical Race Theory Law Violates Teachers' Free Speech, ACLU Argues in New LawsuitThe lawsuit alleges Oklahoma's law harms students of color and weakens what all students learn about the state's history.Law & Courts Parkland Victims' Families Reach $25M Settlement With Broward School DistrictThe largest payments will go to the 17 families whose children or spouses were killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.Law & Courts Justice Sotomayor Denies Bid to Block Vaccine Mandate for New York City School EmployeesThe Supreme Court justice's refusal involves the COVID-19 vaccine requirement in the nation's largest school district.Law & Courts Here Are the Upcoming Supreme Court Cases That Matter for SchoolsMajor cases on school choice and religious schools will be heard, along with a case on whether school boards can reprimand outspoken members.Law & Courts Families Sue Rhode Island's Governor to Overturn His School Mask MandateThe families say mask-wearing threatens to cause serious and long-lasting damage on their children's physical and emotional well-being.