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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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The Supreme Court’s 1969 ‘Tinker’ ruling in the case of students wearing black armbands remains a touchstone in the robust debate over the rights of free expression in public schools. (February 21, 2019)


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04/23 12:41 pm | Supreme Court Hears Case Watched by Educators on Census' Citizenship Question | Education groups worry that adding the citizenship question would depress response rates on the 2020 census and result in the misallocation of federal education aid.

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A California couple who for years starved a dozen of their children and kept some shackled to beds were sentenced Friday to life in prison, ending a shocking case that revealed a house of horrors hidden behind a veneer of suburban normalcy.
April 19, 2019 – AP
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is going head-to-head with Gov. Matt Bevin over subpoenas that seek information on time off taken by teachers.
April 17, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Count educators as part of the population taking a keen interest in a major U.S. Supreme Court case about whether President Donald Trump's administration properly added a question about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Already home to a thriving ecosystem of private school choice, the state’s lawmakers want vouchers for thousands of new students.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Cuyahoga Falls, Woodridge and six other Ohio school districts are suing Facebook for about $250,000 in public education funding lost when the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow imploded last year.
April 14, 2019 – Education Week
Well-known Orlando attorney Frank Kruppenbacher’s ties to former Gov. Rick Scott helped him amass authority at the state-run Florida Virtual School until a clash with its new leader led to his abrupt departure last summer.
April 12, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
What goes on behind all the closed doors in politics? Most teachers never get a chance to find out, writes teacher-turned-politician John Waldron.
April 11, 2019 – Education Week
The Broward School Board undermined the families of the victims of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, promising to do what’s right for those killed and injured while dragging its feet in negotiations, attorneys for the victims said.
April 10, 2019 – AP
A sharply divided Supreme Court hears arguments over when courts should defer to a federal agency's interpretation of its own ambiguous regulations—an issue that has arisen in education over such issues as transgender student rights and racial disparities in student discipline.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Kansas' new Democratic governor promised on the campaign trail to end a protracted lawsuit over education funding by increasing state spending on public schools, and the Republican-led Legislature approved her proposal, but it may not be enough.
April 5, 2019 – AP

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