Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions
School finance claims shuffle back to life
Stand for Children made a prudent choice by taking to the ballot box a proposal which ties hiring, firing, and transfer decisions to teacher effectiveness.
Alabama plaintiffs lose federal school finance challenge
Last Thursday, Washington’s Supreme Court ruled that the state legislature needs to spend more on education. At first glance, the ruling looks like significant victory for the plaintiffs, but a close reading of the ruling shows that looks can be deceiving.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, a group of parents and taxpayers sued the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to make the district follow the law, by evaluating teachers based on how much their students have learned.
In this Choice Media TV report, Georgians react to the news that their state can no longer approve or direct funding to charter schools.
The California court’s ruling in Reed v. State of California is a reminder that collective-bargaining agreements cannot trump the constitutional rights of children.
Parents in a wealthy district sue to pay more taxes
Do elementary school students have free-speech rights?
In a provocative new school funding case, a federal court judge in Kansas City ruled against parents from the suburban Shawnee Mission school district who had wanted to increase property taxes above the state mandated limit. This is a local control debate that is sure to heat up as we stumble through the current financial crisis.
Buzz is building about an Arizona charter school teacher who got fired for refusing to remove a bumper sticker from her car.
Highly qualified teachers don’t grow on trees
In our latest Legal Beat column, Martha Derthick and I discuss a case, Renee v. Duncan, where the 9th Circuit held that teachers seeking alternative certification could not count as highly qualified under No Child Left Behind.
New York courts close one door, federal money opens another
The challenges of keeping kids in school
Parsing the relationship between achievement and demographics
Where the money goes depends on who’s running the state
Last week the media reported the apparently shocking news that the Kansas City, Missouri School District school board voted 5-4 to close nearly half of its schools, 26 of 61 schools in the district. But those familiar with the district were not surprised. The real question is not why the school board has decided to close so many schools but why it took them so long.
Students find unexpected ally in the Christian Right
Review of Gerald Grant’s Hope and Despair in the ?American City
From strip searches to school funding, the Court treads lightly
Since 2005, there have been important adequacy case decisions in over a dozen states, and in none of them have the courts required further funding increases. Several courts, when deciding new adequacy cases, have either dismissed them based on separation of powers grounds or have ruled against the plaintiffs on the merits following a trial.
Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (October 29) about Wake County, North Carolina, where voters earlier this month elected new school board members who have pledged to undo the county’s controversial policy of assigning students to schools based on income (to achieve diversity).
Colorado’s state Supreme Court defied national trends on Monday, handing down a decision in Lobato v. State that thrusts the judiciary into the middle of the state’s educational finance disputes.