Education Law

School Officials Not Liable in Student Sex Assault of Kindergartner, Court Rules
April 2, 2020


In a case one judge called "heart-wrenching," a federal appeals court has ruled that an Ohio school district and several school employees cannot be held liable under the U.S. Constitution for a 5th-grader's sexual assault of a kindergartner on a school bus. Th...
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Ohio District’s Armed-Employee Program Struck Down Over Training Requirement
April 1, 2020


An Ohio state appellate court has struck down a small school district's policy of allowing certain staff members to carry concealed weapons in school if they were licensed and underwent 24 hours of "active shooter/killer training."
The panel of the Ohio...
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Appeals Court Says High School Musical Group’s Unlicensed Song Use Was Fair Use
March 26, 2020


This is the time of year when many high schools would be presenting their spring musical and theater productions, a tradition that has been disrupted by the widespread closure of schools due to the coronavirus.
 But there is a California high schoo...
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Darius L. Swann, Father in Case That Led to Landmark Busing Decision, Dies at 95
March 25, 2020


The Rev. Darius L. Swann, a Presbyterian minister whose efforts in 1964 to send his son to an integrated school in Charlotte, N.C., led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding busing as a desegregation tool, has died at age 95.
Swann died Ma...
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Race-Bias in Contracting, Copyright Immunity
March 23, 2020


In two cases with potential implications in education, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued rulings that will benefit employers in lawsuits over race discrimination in contracting and bolster states against allegations of copyright infringement.
In a...
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Where Private Schools Stand on Coronavirus Closures
March 22, 2020


There were some 114,000 U.S. public and private schools closed by coronavirus concerns as of Friday, with 45 states ostensibly having ordered all schools to close temporarily. Educators, parents, and students are adapting to a new reality of distance learning ...
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Supreme Court Postpones Arguments, Including in Religious School Bias Cases
March 16, 2020
Citing coronovirus concerns, the justices put off a session that was to include an education case about the scope of the "ministerial exception" for religious schools.


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Supreme Court to Weigh ‘Incorrigible’ Bar for Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences
March 9, 2020



The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a new case about whether the Eighth Amendment requires a trial court to find that a juvenile is permanently incorrigible before imposing a sentence of life without parole.
The justices took up t...
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Federal Appeals Court Again Backs Educator’s Equal Pay Act Claim
March 4, 2020


Ruling in an important case about gender-based pay disparities in education, a federal appeals court has once again held that an employer does not have a valid defense against alleged sex discrimination under the Equal Pay Act of 1963 if it bases a worker's st...
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Supreme Court to Once Again Weigh Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act
March 2, 2020



The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a lawsuit that threatens the Affordable Care Act, the comprehensive Obama-era health care law whose effects have been felt in education as well as the rest of society.
When an ACA-related questi...
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