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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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Landmark Case on Student Free Speech Still Resonates 50 Years Later

The Supreme Court’s 1969 ‘Tinker’ ruling in the case of students wearing black armbands remains a touchstone in the robust debate over the rights of free expression in public schools. (February 21, 2019)


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05/20 02:36 pm | Justices Decline to Review Case Involving Strip Search of 4-Year-Old at School | The U.S. Supreme Court declined an appeal involving the warrantless strip-search at school of a 4-year-old student by a county caseworker looking for evidence of abuse.

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A California teacher battling breast cancer made headlines recently when she was told state law required her to pay for the cost of a sub during her treatment. Where else are these kinds of sick leave policies in place? And why aren’t the unions doing more to fight them?
May 17, 2019 – Education Week
North Carolina's attorney general is suing a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy its vaping products.
May 15, 2019 – AP
The landmark Supreme Court decision that integrated schools 65 years ago had an unintended effect that’s still felt today: Thousands of black teachers and principals lost their jobs.
May 14, 2019 – Education Week
Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis says the names of teachers who may have been involved in sickouts this year have been turned over to Gov. Matt Bevin's administration.
May 3, 2019 – AP
Dispute over a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census gets a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday April 23, with many school groups watching closely for the impact it could have on funding.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
One mother’s complaint to the state of Oklahoma regarding her child prompts a state order affecting students with disabilities throughout Tulsa.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
In a 56-page opinion filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don't boycott Israel fails to serve a compelling state interest.
April 26, 2019 – AP
A California couple who for years starved a dozen of their children and kept some shackled to beds were sentenced Friday to life in prison, ending a shocking case that revealed a house of horrors hidden behind a veneer of suburban normalcy.
April 19, 2019 – AP
Count educators as part of the population taking a keen interest in a major U.S. Supreme Court case about whether President Donald Trump's administration properly added a question about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Already home to a thriving ecosystem of private school choice, the state’s lawmakers want vouchers for thousands of new students.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week

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