Big Impact: Supreme Court Housing Decision Could Have Significant Effect on Education

The education community should be watching to see how the Supreme Court rules on a housing case from Dallas which considers whether plaintiffs can bring “disparate impact” claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

Memo to Teachers’ Unions: Now Might Be a Good Time to Start Panicking

In Friedrichs, ten California teachers are arguing that agency fees (combined with onerous “opt-out” procedures) violate their rights to freedom of speech and association

Behind the Headline: Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a Michigan measure that banned the use of affirmative action in admission to the state’s public universities.

Kansas Courts Get It Right

Instead of deciding whether or not the Kansas legislature had dedicated sufficient funds to its local schools, the Kansas Supreme Court chose to highlight the importance of student outcomes.

Educating for Infancy

Schools, we are constantly told, are supposed to educate students for citizenship. Part of being an American citizen is learning to tolerate speech that you don’t like.

Ballots Not Barristers

Arizona case shows limits of litigation

Paycheck Protection

Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions

More School Dollars!

School finance claims shuffle back to life

The Ballot Box: A Tool for Education Reform?

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.

By Guest Blogger    Blog, Courts and Law, Editorial  

Door Still Closed

Alabama plaintiffs lose federal school finance challenge

School Finance Litigation: With defeats like these, who needs victories?

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.

Evaluate Teachers on How Much Students Have Learned

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.

What We’re Watching: GA Supreme Court Strikes Down State Chartered Schools

In this Choice Media TV report, Georgians react to the news that their state can no longer approve or direct funding to charter schools.

By Education Next    Courts and Law, Video  

Taking Failing Schools to Court

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.

By Guest Blogger    Blog, Courts and Law, Editorial  

Trouble in Kansas

Parents in a wealthy district sue to pay more taxes

Thou Shalt Not Say Jesus

Do elementary school students have free-speech rights?

School Funding: Do We Have to be as Poor as Our Neighbor?

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.

Why Do Students Have Greater Free-Speech Rights Than Teachers?

Buzz is building about an Arizona charter school teacher who got fired for refusing to remove a bumper sticker from her car.

The Ninth Circuit v. Reality

Highly qualified teachers don’t grow on trees

Public Advocates Knows Best?

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.

Educational Providence

New York courts close one door, federal money opens another


The challenges of keeping kids in school

Is Desegregation Dead?

Parsing the relationship between achievement and demographics

By Susan Eaton and    Courts and Law, Forum, Journal  

School-Finance Reform in Red and Blue

Where the money goes depends on who’s running the state

By Christopher Berry and Charles Wysong    Courts and Law, Journal, Research  

Money and Good Intentions Won’t Fix Our Schools

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.

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