Law & Courts
Education news, analysis, and opinion about court cases, lawsuits, and regulations affecting schools.
- Law & Courts U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Major Cases on Affirmative Action in EducationThe outcome could affect K-12 policies when the justices rule on race-based policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.Law & Courts Supreme Court to Hear Case of Coach Who Prayed After Games in Defiance of School DistrictThe U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether school districts may prohibit private religious expression by public school employees.Law & Courts Supreme Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate Applying to Schools in Much of the CountryThe justices ruled 6-3 to stay an Occupational Health and Safety Administration rule that covered schools in 26 states and two territories.Law & Courts Students Lose Appeal on Right to Civics Education, But Win Praise From Judges AnywayA federal appellate court panel commended Rhode Island students for the novel effort, but said Supreme Court precedent stood in the way.Law & Courts High Court Appears Skeptical of Vaccine Mandate Covering Schools in Over Half the StatesThe Biden administration's OSHA rule applies to private employers with 100 or more workers, as well as school districts in 26 states.Law & Courts Federal Judge Blocks Biden's COVID Vaccine Mandate for Head Start TeachersIn a challenge by 24 states, the judge's preliminary injunction also blocks a mask mandate for Head Start students age 2 or older.Law & Courts Yanking Books From School Libraries: What the Supreme Court Has Said, and Why It's MurkyA 1982 dispute involving a local school board offers plenty of parallels to the latest wave of book challenges involving race and gender.Law & Courts Religious Schools and State Aid: What to Glean From a Lively Supreme Court ArgumentJustices seem skeptical about Maine's exclusion of religious schools from tuition aid for students in towns without public high schools.Law & Courts Supreme Court Weighs a Type of Damages Schools Can Face in Civil Rights LawsuitsThe issue involves compensation for "emotional distress," and the case holds implications for suits brought under Title IX and other laws.Law & Courts Opinion What the Law Says About Parents' Rights Over SchoolingThe rallying cry of “parental freedom” perpetuated racial segregation, writes a legal scholar. So why would we let it dictate curriculum?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 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.