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The U.S. Supreme Court and Schools in 2018-19

A look at both the policy takeaways from the Supreme Court's 2018-19 session and a look ahead to a couple of major cases on the docket for the coming year, including Montana school choice/religious rights case and DACA. (July 16, 2019)


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A proposed law that would require all California high school students take an ethnic studies course is on hold for this year after the draft curriculum prompted weeks of escalating controversy from diverse groups whose members said they were misrepresented or excluded.
August 23, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
A student's parents are suing Texas school administrators for coloring in a hair design on the black student's head.
August 19, 2019 – AP
An election-year investigation into teacher rallies at Kentucky's Capitol found more than 1,000 educators violated state law by participating in protests that shut down some schools, Gov. Matt Bevin's administration said.
August 16, 2019 – AP
Robert Zangrillo is accused of paying $250,000 to get his daughter into college as a fake athlete. Prosecutors call it a bribe.
August 9, 2019 – AP
Teenagers face a wealth of confusing, conflicting new emotions, compounded by evolving sexuality, school-day drama and the task of navigating love and relationships for the first time. And it comes with growing pains—like the steep consequences of “sexting” and sharing racy pictures.
July 22, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
The issue has been followed by education groups who feared the question would harm response rates and affect the allocation of federal school aid.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
A look at both the policy takeaways from the Supreme Court's 2018-19 session and a look ahead to a couple of major cases on the docket for the coming year, including Montana school choice/religious rights case and DACA.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Julia Keleher, the former education secretary of Puerto Rico, has been arrested by federal agents in Washington on charges related to fraud and corruption, a U.S. attorney confirmed.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
The labor groups have lost members since last year’s Janus Supreme Court case, but not as many as anticipated. Is that because the unions have reenergized teachers, or because teachers don’t understand their rights?
June 27, 2019 – Education Week
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

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