Law & Courts
Education news, analysis, and opinion about court cases, lawsuits, and regulations affecting schools.
See also: Supreme Court, Court Cases, First Amendment, Student Rights
- Law & Courts Some Schools Will Get Money From Opioid Settlements—But It Won't Be EasyConflicts and unanswered questions stymie schools' efforts to secure a share of recent legal settlements from opioid makers.Law & Courts Supreme Court Asks for Biden Administration's Views on Legal Status of Charter SchoolsStemming from a suit over a North Carolina school's dress code, the issue is whether "public" charter schools act with government authority.Law & Courts West Virginia Law Barring Transgender Girls From School Sports Upheld by Federal JudgeThe decision is a turnabout for the judge, who cast doubt on the law in 2021 and issued an order allowing a transgender girl to compete.Law & Courts A Teacher Argued His MAGA Hat Was Protected Speech. Here's What a Federal Appeals Court SaidDid a principal violate a teacher's rights when she told him not to bring his Donald Trump-inspired hat to a racial-sensitivity training?Law & Courts School District Policy Basing Restroom Access on 'Biological Sex' Upheld by Appeals CourtThe sharply divided appellate court rules against transgender student Drew Adams and possibly tees up a major fight in the Supreme Court.Law & Courts Supreme Court to Highlight Little Rock, Desegregation History in Exhibit to Open Next FallChief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. highlights the brave role of a federal judge in Little Rock in 1957, and draws some parallels to today.Law & Courts Court Upholds Discipline of Students for Instagram Posts That Targeted Black ClassmatesA unanimous federal appeals court panel said its ruling was consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's 2021 decision on off-campus speech.Law & Courts The 8 Most Consequential Developments in Education Law in 2022The list includes major decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, a transition on the high court, and several lower court decisions.Law & Courts Appeals Court Upholds Connecticut's Pro-Transgender Student Athletics PolicyThe court hinted its agreement that Title IX protects transgender athletes who seek to compete consistent with their gender identity.Law & Courts A Native Student Barred From Graduation Over a Sacred Feather: Why Her Lawsuit Was RevivedA panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said a district may have selectively enforced its policy on graduation decorations.Law & Courts Supreme Court Won't Take Up Cases Seen as Expanding Schools' Liability for Sexual HarassmentThe court rejected appeals from a school district and university about when educational institutions may be sued for sexual harassment.Law & Courts Georgia Educators Plan to Sue Over the State's 'Divisive Concepts' LawGeorgia's could be the sixth lawsuit to challenge state laws limiting classroom discussion of race and racism.Law & Courts As a Skeptical Supreme Court Weighs Race in College Admissions, 'Brown' Looms LargeThe cases heard Monday involve Harvard and the University of North Carolina, but a decision could be felt in K-12 education.Law & Courts 4 Things to Know About the Affirmative Action Showdown Before the Supreme CourtThe justices on Monday weigh the use of race in admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, with K-12 implications.Law & Courts What Do 'Parents' Rights' Mean Legally for Schools, Anyway?Conservatives rely on century-old U.S. Supreme Court precedents but want to bolster parental rights with a constitutional amendment.