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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 largest cheating scandal in U.S. history has cast a long shadow, as educators continue to fight to clear their names and the district attempts to give extra support to some of the students who were impacted.
December 19, 2017 – Education Week
The state's Republican governor is in a pitched battle with the state's educators over the process he used to fire Missouri's commissioner of education.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
Republicans in Congress want to simplify student aid forms in their rewrite of the Higher Education Act. But they also would end student-loan forgiveness programs that help some teachers, and would shut off funding for teacher-preparation programs.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder gutted a portion of the 1956 Voting Rights Act, and the reverberations continue for school board and other local elections.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
When it comes to educating students with special needs, "the minimum" is not an option, writes U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
December 8, 2017 – Education Week
The cascade of sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men in politics and entertainment has raised concerns across industries, including in education.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
Here's a look at how things have turned out on several key campaign pledges a year after Trump's upset presidential victory.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
At least 15 states since 2012 have taken legislative action—such as waiving regulations and setting up innovation zones—to encourage personalized learning.
November 8, 2017 – Education Week
The ruling striking down the state's school aid formula reignites years of fighting over how to assure an 'adequate' and 'equitable' public education.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Whether public-employee unions can continue to demand fees from nonmembers once again hinges on what a deeply divided Supreme Court decides.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week

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