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Kelsey and Dusty Jones walk with their daughter, Cali, at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, Mont. Three different parents at Stillwater are plaintiffs in a case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court over Montana’s tax-credit scholarship program.
Tailyr Irvine for Education Week

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LGBTQ teachers are waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the federal civil rights law guarantees them nationwide protection from workplace discrimination. (January 14, 2020)


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05/19 07:53 pm | Full Federal Appeals Court to Reconsider Ruling on Right of Access to Literacy | The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati, set aside a groundbreaking panel decision finding a U.S. constitutional right to a basic minimum education.

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The state of Michigan early Thursday announced a settlement in a lawsuit over poor reading skills that was filed on behalf of Detroit schoolchildren, weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy.
May 14, 2020 – AP
A pair of cases being heard by the high court will likely determine whether job-discrimination laws apply to tens of thousands of teachers at religious schools.
May 7, 2020 – Education Week
The decision by a federal appeals court recognizing the right to a basic minimum education may be felt far beyond the substandard Detroit schools underlying it, but hurdles could remain.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
Researchers and experts say states have authority to shut schools down if needed in case of a health emergency like a pandemic, but in the words of one, it’s “not like turning a light switch on or off.”
March 11, 2020 – Education Week
Education Week finds that few of the nearly 30 states with programs that pay tuition at private schools or tax-credits to incentivize businesses and individuals to do so require private schools to follow standard policies used to ensure transparency and accountability in the nation’s public schools.
March 11, 2020 – Education Week
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.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
There's long been debate over religious charter schools in a corner of the school choice advocacy world. A closely watched U.S. Supreme Court case shows why.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
In a case from Montana, conservative justices suggested they were inclined to rule for parents who seek to reinstate a state tax credit funding scholarships for use at religious schools.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Some educators and advocates fear the rule will dissuade immigrants from seeking certain government benefits, and that further burdens will fall on schools.
January 27, 2020 – Education Week
The case being heard by the Supreme Court next week deals with a debate that has raged since the 19th century about federal education funding for private religious schools.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week

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