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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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Driven by concerns about school safety and a wave of teacher activism over pay, state legislatures tackled contentious education topics in recent sessions, despite the campaign-year hazards.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
The state of Hawaii has agreed to pay $10.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a law that cut off public education for special-needs students at age 20, in contrast to federal law.
June 16, 2018 – AP
The Supreme Court is poised to deliver a blow to the teachers' unions any day now—and labor groups are trying to get ahead of it by pushing controversial state bills.
June 14, 2018 – Education Week
Regional economics, tax-averse voters, and other factors complicate the picture for policymakers aiming resources at K-12.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
Three advocacy organizations say that the Education Department's office for civil rights can't simply ignore the complaints of those who have filed serial complaints and must investigate first.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
Two recent federal court rulings add to the growing body of decisions finding legal protections for transgender students in federal antidiscrimination law.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
Prosecutors say a teacher who accidentally fired a gun inside a Northern California classroom while teaching firearm safety will not face charges.
June 5, 2018 – AP
An appeals court says a Pennsylvania school district can allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room of the sex with which they identify.
May 24, 2018 – AP
The question of whether recent teacher strikes are legal—or whether they’re actually “strikes” at all—is obscured by legal differences of opinion, fast-moving events, and politics surrounding those actions.
May 9, 2018 – Education Week
The Endrew F. decision broadened the standard of what’s required on behalf of students with disabilities, putting a renewed focus on those needs, advocates say.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week

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