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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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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 federal appeals court judge in Washington whose mother taught in the District of Columbia, Kavanaugh has a relatively light record of rulings on education. If confirmed, he would succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
The guidance emphasized permissible ways for schools and colleges to take race into account to promote student diversity, a subject the U.S. Supreme Court has had much to say about.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
A push to get a federal court to recognize a constitutional right to education continues, despite last month's dismissal of a Detroit right-to-read case.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.
July 16, 2018 – AP
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has issued her first-ever veto, rejecting legislation that would allow high school seniors absent for more than six weeks of class to graduate.
July 14, 2018 – AP
The latest nominee for the nation’s highest court attended the exclusive Georgetown Preparatory School, as did one sitting justice. But there’s a 5-4 split when it comes to public and private school alumni among the current nine justices.
July 12, 2018 – Education Week
Despite leaders' messages of defiance and solidarity, reminders of the Supreme Court's recent decision to abolish agency fees—and its financial implications for teachers' unions—were everywhere at the National Education Association's yearly convention.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
The just-concluded U.S. Supreme Court term included a blockbuster union rights ruling, the announced retirement of a justice influential on education issues, and a variety of rulings with relevance for K-12.
July 17, 2018 – Education Week
A bill shielding what is now Ohio's largest online school and its sponsor from the negative consequences of accepting thousands of former Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow students is headed to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
June 28, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
Here are some key passages from the majority and dissenting opinions in the Supreme Court ruling on Janus v. AFSCME.
June 27, 2018 – Education Week

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