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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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Political prospects look dreary for the Trump administration’s plan to slash the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by 9.2 percent if the tone of recent hearings is any measure.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
A federal appellate panel upheld an injunction requiring a Wisconsin district to let a student who was born female and now identifies as male use the boys' restroom.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
More than a dozen states have been weighing bills to expand free-speech and free-press protections for student journalists and their teacher-advisers.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
As the Trump administration pushes for federally backed vouchers, there are major concerns about whether some participating private schools would abide by civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
Lone Star State lawmakers passed bills to crack down on cyberbullying and alter the state's letter-grade system for schools, but failed to clear the way for the use of vouchers and education savings accounts, or to overhaul the K-12 funding formula.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights: Public schools in many states enjoy powerful shields, including caps on damages if they lose a lawsuit and high legal hurdles to prove misconduct.
May 22, 2017 – AP
The Associated Press reviewed verdicts and settlements across the country in lawsuits brought against schools over student-on-student sexual abuse.
May 22, 2017 – AP
Those who lobby on behalf of public school educators, civil rights issues, and education funding say they're fighting what feels like a multifront war.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
A federal judge will allow Gardendale, Ala., to form its own school district of mostly white students in spite of her criticism that city leaders are doing so as a way to control racial demographics in public schools.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Spurred on by new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act and by revenue shortfalls, state legislators scrap over who should be in charge of education policy and how to better spend K-12 dollars, among other issues.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week

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