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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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The then-sheriff's deputy who was on campus during the Florida high school massacre but didn't confront the shooter declined to testify Thursday before a state commission investigating it.
November 15, 2018 – AP
The founder of a company that operated charter schools in several Florida counties has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
November 14, 2018 – AP
With two new books for young people and her work with the iCivics organization, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor devotes time off the bench to topics close to her heart.
November 14, 2018 – Education Week
The state has developed an extensive plan for fixing a violation of federal special education law, but federal officials want to see additional corrective actions and plan a visit to follow up.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
In the wake of the 'Janus' Supreme Court case, teachers' unions are facing more than a dozen legal challenges backed by right-leaning groups that could further dampen their membership numbers and finances.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week
Nine educators, backed by the American Federation of Teachers, say the loan servicing giant misled and impeded them on a loan-forgiveness program intended to help public service workers.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week
The Education Department's office for civil rights will investigate whether a Georgia elementary school's policy for transgender students contributed to the alleged assault of a girl.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
Chicago Law School Professor Justin Driver surveys the U.S. Supreme Court's long and often contentious history on a wide range of issues affecting public education and students' rights.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
The state’s supreme court ended a yearslong fight over K-12 funding earlier this summer, but in districts across the state the battles have continued and tensions remain.
September 19, 2018 – Education Week
Educators have a legal and ethical responsibility to all students, including undocumented and refugee children, write Emily R. Crawford and Lisa M. Dorner.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week

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