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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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The state has developed an extensive plan for fixing a violation of federal special education law, but federal officials want to see additional corrective actions and plan a visit to follow up.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
In the wake of the 'Janus' Supreme Court case, teachers' unions are facing more than a dozen legal challenges backed by right-leaning groups that could further dampen their membership numbers and finances.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week
Nine educators, backed by the American Federation of Teachers, say the loan servicing giant misled and impeded them on a loan-forgiveness program intended to help public service workers.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week
The Education Department's office for civil rights will investigate whether a Georgia elementary school's policy for transgender students contributed to the alleged assault of a girl.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
Chicago Law School Professor Justin Driver surveys the U.S. Supreme Court's long and often contentious history on a wide range of issues affecting public education and students' rights.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
The state’s supreme court ended a yearslong fight over K-12 funding earlier this summer, but in districts across the state the battles have continued and tensions remain.
September 19, 2018 – Education Week
Educators have a legal and ethical responsibility to all students, including undocumented and refugee children, write Emily R. Crawford and Lisa M. Dorner.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
School safety, religious liberty and the nation's legacy of segregation were among the topics Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh was called on to address as senators peppered the nominee for U.S. Supreme Court with questions.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
The parent of a student killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting tried to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh at his Senate confirmation hearing. The brief encounter didn't go smoothly.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
The momentum behind the widespread teacher activism last spring has continued into the new school year.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week

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