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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

High Court Case Tests Religious Schools' Use of Tax-Credit Scholarships

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. (September 30, 2019)


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New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws.
February 20, 2020 – AP
Attorneys for three high school students in the Los Angeles area have filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines after one of the carrier’s planes dumped fuel over schools and residents.
February 12, 2020 – McClatchy-Tribune
Maggie Gaines understands why her daughter's teacher went to the principal after the 6-year-old pointed her finger at the teacher like a gun and said, "I shoot you." What she doesn't understand is why she and her husband had to end up on a conference call with police the next day.
February 12, 2020 – McClatchy-Tribune
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
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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
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 15, 2020 – Education Week
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January 8, 2020 – Education Week
Advocacy groups that emerged in the wake of mass school shootings are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to broaden gun rights as the justices consdier a Second Amendment case.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week

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