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Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a New York town’s practice of opening town board meetings with prayer did not violate the First Amendment. The decision provides guidance to school boards and other public bodies...more
The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld a lower court’s decision to strike down challenges to a school district’s use of its working cash fund. This case builds upon a recent amendment to the Working Cash Fund Article of...more
The media coverage of the Sandy Hook school shooting is tapering down, but the lessons for school administrators in its wake are just beginning. One such lesson comes after a California school suspended a high school senior...more
Our previews of the new civil cases granted review at the end of the Illinois Supreme Court’s November term continue with The Board of Education of Peoria School District No. 150 v. The Peoria Federation of Support Staff,...more
A recent Illinois Attorney General opinion addressed an interesting question: Can a public entity delete comments by community members from its Facebook page? Although the public entity at issue was a municipality, the...more
Governor Brown recently signed two bills that are designed to combat religious discrimination. The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, AB 1964, amends the Government Code and will protect workers who wear turbans, hijabs, and...more
KMTG will be issuing a series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws become effective January 1, 2013, unless otherwise stated.
Immunization Exemption—AB 2109 -
Current law requires a...more
In January, when the Department of Health and Human Services announced that qualifying health insurance plans under Obamacare would have to cover contraceptives and "morning after" pills, many religious institutions — most...more
When a dispute arises between parents and a district concerning the special education identification, evaluation, placement, or free appropriate public education (FAPE) of a student, the IDEA provides that the student will...more
An issue that often comes up for a county board of education is what rights do home-schooled children have to participate in interscholastic sports? In 2005, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in Jones v. Marion...more
Bryant v. New York State Education Department, No. 10-4029-cv, — F.3d — (2d Cir. August 20, 2012).
On August 20, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a divided 2-1 decision in Bryant v....more
Two students found guilty of non-academic misconduct by university on account of Facebook postings derogatory towards instructor. On judicial review, university decision quashed by Alberta Court of Queen's Bench under...more
In the continuing saga involving the intersection of social media, university policy, and student speech rights, a public university’s right to discipline students for social media activity has been further defined and...more
A federal district court in Ohio has entered judgement in the case of Couch v. Wayne County Local School District, in favor of a high school student who wore a t-shirt that said "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe." The case is another...more
In a case litigated by KMTG attorneys, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued an unpublished decision which upheld a judgment of the Eastern District Court in favor of Sacramento City Unified School District in the...more
In a recent decision, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. v. Camdenton School District, a federal district court in the Western District of Missouri held that a school district violated the First...more
In Cuff v. Valley Central School District, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit voted 2-1 to uphold the six day suspension of a fifth grade student (“B.C.”) who, through a crayon drawing, expressed his “wish” for...more
The Day of Silence, a national, youth-run effort to protest harassment and bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students, will be observed on April 20 this year. Students participate by remaining...more
The United States Supreme Court decided this week to review the constitutionality of a race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin. The Court’s acceptance of this case, Fisher v. University...more
In Henry v. Red Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tustin, California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, plaintiff Sara Henry (Henry), a teacher at a school affiliated with the Lutheran church, was terminated when the...more
In Doe v. Covington County School District, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals considered the circumstances in which a school district is required to protect students’ personal security based on a special relationship with...more
Following on the heels of two recent decisions by the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (which we addressed in a FR Alert in June), three additional federal courts issued opinions addressing the right of school...more
As a student in Advanced Legal Writing at Kaplan University, our project and papers dealt with real life issues. But, of course, the names and places are fiction. This particular paper was a preliminary short essay to what...more
IN THIS ISSUE: Cyberbullying: Balancing the Rights of Student Victims and Bullies; Practical Implication of OCR ’s Title IX “Dear Colleague” Letter.
Excerpt from "Cyberbullying: Balancing the Rights of Student Victims and...more
Everyone knows that students have First Amendment rights, that the Constitution proverbially doesn't stop at the schoolhouse door. Yet students in the Plano Independent School District in Texas (against whose speech code...more
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