Education Law

To Relief of School Groups, Supreme Court Sidesteps Major Gun-Rights Ruling
April 27, 2020


In a case being watched in the education community, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a potentially major ruling on gun rights under the Second Amendment.
The court that a challenge to a New York City regulation barring the transport of regi...
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Early high school start times adversely affect attendance
April 27, 2020
A new study finds that earlier high school start times can have significant adverse consequences for students, including increased rates of tardiness and absenteeism.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that high schools begin class after 8:30 a.m., but we know that most sc...
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U.S. Appeals Court Recognizes a Federal Right of Access to Literacy
April 23, 2020


In a groundbreaking decision, a federal appeals court on Thursday recognized a fundamental federal right to a basic minimum education and access to literacy.
The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati, re...
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Appeals Court Upholds Teacher Firing Over Holocaust Denial, 9/11 Theories
April 23, 2020


A federal appeals court has upheld a New Jersey school district's firing of a teacher who allegedly taught his high school history students denial of the Holocaust and conspiracy theories linking the United States to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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Supreme Court Declines Superintendent’s Case on Reporting Corruption
April 20, 2020


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of a school superintendent in New York state who alleges he was fired for reporting corruption in his new district to law enforcement as he was required to do.
Also, over the dissent of two ju...
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High Court to Hear Telephone Arguments, Including in Religious-School Case
April 13, 2020


The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear arguments remotely in May in about half of the cases postponed from its March and April sessions due to the coronavirus pandemic, including a major case on whether religious schools are exempt from empl...
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One School’s Special Guest Speaker ‘on the Zoom’: Supreme Court Justice Breyer
April 13, 2020


Students at a New York City private school had a special guest early this month as coronavirus concerns forced them to converge on Zoom: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
Breyer spent a good 70 minutes on April 1 addressing the ...
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Appeals Court Revives Mississippi Suit Asserting Federal Right to Education
April 7, 2020


A federal appeals court has revived part of a lawsuit that raises a novel claim to a federal right to education by asserting that Mississippi's lack of a "uniform" education system violates the 1868 federal law that readmitted the state to the Union after the ...
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Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Challenge to Religious Advertising Ban
April 6, 2020


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a challenge to a public transit agency's categorical exclusion of religious advertising, in a case in which several of the court's decisions involving religious speech in public schools were widely cited....
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Here’s What Supreme Court’s Latest Postponement Means for Education Cases
April 3, 2020


The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday postponed indefinitely its April argument session because of coronavirus concerns, and for the first time said it was considering "a range of scheduling options and other alternatives if arguments cannot be held in the courtroo...
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