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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 student has the right to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, a lawyer told a federal court Thursday, arguing that the issue is about the right of transgender students to "equal dignity."
December 5, 2019 – AP
A class action suit claiming the state of Rhode Island has failed to prepare young people to fully participate in civic life will be heard in federal court.
December 5, 2019 – AP
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued Juul Labs on Wednesday, accusing the e-cigarette maker of unlawfully targeting young people with its products to get a new generation addicted to nicotine.
December 4, 2019 – AP
Two administrators and a teacher who worked at a now-shuttered El Dorado Hills school are facing criminal charges in the death of a 13-year-old autistic student at the school last year, prosecutors said Tuesday.
November 13, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
The justices hear arguments Nov. 12 on the Trump administration's effort to end deportation relief under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, in a case pitting the administration and GOP-leaning states against a host of education and advocacy groups.
November 8, 2019 – Education Week
On the first week of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court held two hours of intense arguments about whether the main federal job-discrimination law protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
One of the main plaintiffs in a landmark blow against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace recalls her fight in the early 1970s and discusses how it still resonates today.
October 14, 2019 – Education Week
A pair of board resolutions in Kansas put the e-cigarette industry on notice at a time when schools are grappling with rampant use of their products by students.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
An incoherent FERPA rule change is facing legal challenges. As it should, writes Frank D. LoMonte.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
A national debate over whether public funds may go to faith-based schools is high on the list of cases before the Supreme Court in the coming term, stemming from a dispute in Montana.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week

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