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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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Governors and state legislators grapple with proposals to arm teachers, ramp up police presence in schools, and strengthen security plans amid a heated policy debate.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
From liability and student privacy to the complexities of a deadly crime scene, legal officials in Broward County, Fla., will be consumed for months, if not years, with the aftermath of the fatal shooting.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
With the Janus case looming before the Supreme Court, teachers' unions are knocking on doors to try to boost membership and mitigate financial loss.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers and other public-worker unions have long fought "right-to-work" advocates over collecting fees from nonmembers, spawning a string of legal precedents.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Future generations deserve equal access to internet platforms that amplify all voices, not just those who can afford to pay the most, writes Gina Caneva.
February 7, 2018 – Teacher
With debates on DACA, the program that protects some undocumented immigrants, in full swing, educators weigh in on how lawmakers should move forward in the coming weeks.
February 7, 2018 – Teacher
School finance and policy changes driven by the Every Student Succeeds Act are on the horizon as all but three state legislatures go into full swing this month.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
The federal office of special education programs said the state failed to ensure that students were properly evaluated for special education, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
January 11, 2018 – Education Week
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

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