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Kim Kennedy, a school nurse consultant at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo., holds confiscated vaping materials
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School Districts Are Suing JUUL Over Youth Vaping. Do They Stand a Chance?

Nearly 100 school districts have filed lawsuits against JUUL and other e-cigarette manufacturers, and more are likely to join in to claim that schools are the de facto "first responders" to the epidemic of youth vaping. (February 27, 2020)

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07/01 04:08 pm | Federal Appeals Court Rejects Student Discipline for Vulgar Off-Campus Message | A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit overturned the school discipline of a student who posted a vulgar message on her Snapchat page.

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The labor groups have lost members since last year’s Janus Supreme Court case, but not as many as anticipated. Is that because the unions have reenergized teachers, or because teachers don’t understand their rights?
June 27, 2019 – Education Week
A California teacher battling breast cancer made headlines recently when she was told state law required her to pay for the cost of a sub during her treatment. Where else are these kinds of sick leave policies in place? And why aren’t the unions doing more to fight them?
May 17, 2019 – Education Week
The landmark Supreme Court decision that integrated schools 65 years ago had an unintended effect that’s still felt today: Thousands of black teachers and principals lost their jobs.
May 14, 2019 – Education Week
Dispute over a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census gets a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday April 23, with many school groups watching closely for the impact it could have on funding.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
One mother’s complaint to the state of Oklahoma regarding her child prompts a state order affecting students with disabilities throughout Tulsa.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
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
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
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
The Education Department made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision in delaying an Obama-era rule that would change the way states monitor how minority students are identified and served in special education, a federal judge rules.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week

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