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.

Strange Bedfellows

Students find unexpected ally in the Christian Right

Tale of Two Cities

Review of Gerald Grant’s Hope and Despair in the ?American City

Supreme Modesty

From strip searches to school funding, the Court treads lightly

Court Mandates on School Funding Sharply Decline

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.

By Alfred A. Lindseth and    Blog, Courts and Law, Editorial  

Voters Choose Neighborhood Schools over Socioeconomic Diversity

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 Supreme Court Jumps into the Abyss of School Finance

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.

From Courthouse to Schoolhouse

Is the involvement of courts an obstacle to school reform, or an asset? A new book, From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education, edited by two Ed Next bloggers, Marty West and Josh Dunn, attempts to address this broad topic in a comprehensive way.

The Lost Art of Book Reviewing: Editors Defend School Money Trials

The academic book review is a lost art. In days gone by, one could count on fellow scholars to lay out the books’ argument, skewer it, then identify a laundry list of factual errors that demonstrate the author was careless or worse.

The Supreme Court Gets School Funding Right

One sleeper in the flurry of decisions at the end of the last U.S. Supreme Court term has to be the decision in Horne v. Flores, a long-running Arizona case about funding special programs for English Language Learners (ELL). In overturning lower court decisions calling for continued court-ordered school spending without regard to student outcomes, the Court may lead to a new era of more rational and effective court involvement in school funding policies.

By Alfred Lindseth and    Blog, Courts and Law, Editorial  

Law and Disorder in the Classroom

Emphasis on student rights continues in classrooms even when the Court begins to think otherwise

By Richard Arum and Doreet Preiss    Courts and Law, Governance and Leadership, Research, School Life  

Principals and Teachers Unaware That Courts Defer to Schools When It Comes to Discipline

Courts have given school authorities broad powers over student discipline. So why do students act as if they’re entitled to so many legal protections—and why do principals and teachers grant them? A new study, released today on the Education Next website, finds that federal and state courts have increasingly sided with schools in student discipline […]

Will Horne v. Flores Affect School Finance Litigation?

Video: Eric Hanushek talks with Education Next about the recent Supreme Court decision on school spending in Arizona, and considers the ruling’s impact on state school finance litigation.

New Education Next Forum: Is There a Connection between School Spending and Student Achievement? Should Courts Decide?

U. S. Supreme Court decision puts issue on front burner for states. Read the full article, Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, by Eric Hanushek, Alfred Lindseth and Michael Rebell.

Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses

Video: Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoovers Task Force on K12 Education Terry Moe and Eric Hanushek discuss Hanushek’s new book Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses.

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