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The U.S. Supreme Court has already agreed to hear one dispute with big implications for public education in its term that opened Oct. 2, and others that hold high interest for educators are knocking at the door.
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An Educator's Guide to the Supreme Court's 2017-18 Term

In addition to hearing a major case involving public-employee unions, the U.S. Supreme Court may face a wide range of disputes of keen interest to the education community. (September 29, 2017)


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A father arrested at a ramshackle New Mexico compound where 11 hungry children were found living in filth was training youngsters to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday.
August 8, 2018 – AP
A new state supreme court ruling will allow the Ohio state department of education to seek repayment of tens of millions of dollars from the beleaguered online charter school.
August 8, 2018 – Education Week
A report detailing the educational background of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz should be made public despite defense concerns it might threaten his right to a fair trial, a judge ruled Friday.
August 3, 2018 – AP
Questions remain after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that two school districts have the right to ban guns from their schools.
August 3, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
Public schools in Michigan can ban visitors from carrying guns, even if the owner has a permit to possess a concealed pistol, the state Supreme Court said.
July 27, 2018 – AP
The ACLU of New Jersey is suing a dozen school districts in the state, saying they have discriminatory policies that prevent immigrant children from potentially getting an education.
July 27, 2018 – Education Week
Whether Janus will be a death blow or a turning point for unions depends on what they do now, writes Paul Reville.
July 26, 2018 – Education Week
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation that will revamp the state's school funding formula.
July 25, 2018 – AP
Some advocates and policy experts say Native American students are among those who could benefit the most as the state has been tasked by a district judge to follow through with promises made years ago under New Mexico's Indian Education Act.
July 24, 2018 – AP
The ruling on a handful of schools appears to smooth the way for the closure of hundreds more, though the island's civil rights commission has criticized the process.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week

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