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Kim Kennedy, a school nurse consultant at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo., holds confiscated vaping materials
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School Districts Are Suing JUUL Over Youth Vaping. Do They Stand a Chance?

Nearly 100 school districts have filed lawsuits against JUUL and other e-cigarette manufacturers, and more are likely to join in to claim that schools are the de facto "first responders" to the epidemic of youth vaping. (February 27, 2020)


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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents.
October 21, 2020 – AP
A California private school has been ordered to pay $15,000 for defying a judge’s order to close classrooms and stop in-person teaching.
October 21, 2020 – AP
Advocates argue the need is greater than ever and that failure to press school funding lawsuits in this moment would be a missed opportunity.
October 20, 2020 – Education Week
Louisiana lawmakers are working to rewrite the state's student discipline laws after a Jefferson Parish fourth-grader was suspended because a teacher saw a BB gun in his bedroom during online classes held amid the coronavirus pandemic.
October 19, 2020 – AP
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can end census field operations early, in a blow to efforts to make sure minorities and hard-to-enumerate communities are properly counted in the crucial once-a-decade tally.
October 14, 2020 – AP
Gov. Gavin Newsom late Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made ethnic studies a California high school graduation requirement, citing controversy over the model curriculum.
October 1, 2020 – AP
Cases involving religious freedom vs. anti-discrimination as well as Obamacare already are on the docket, and disputes dealing with union rights and other issues are knocking at the door.
September 30, 2020 – Education Week
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that schools must allow students to use locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity, saying a suburban school district violated the rights of a transgender student by keeping him from using the boys' main locker room.
September 28, 2020 – AP
Nevada Democrats promised Tuesday to appeal a judge’s ruling that lawmakers in 2019 improperly approved two funding measures without a constitutionally required two-thirds majority vote—a case that is crucial to the beleaguered state budget.
September 22, 2020 – AP
The U.S. Justice Department sided Monday with the father of a 7th grade prep school student in a lawsuit that challenges pandemic-related limits on classroom capacity at private schools in New Mexico as more restrictive than public school guidelines.
September 22, 2020 – AP

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