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U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Raises Questions About Cell Phone Searches in Schools

The long-standing test for searching students at school requires that the search must be based on a “reasonable suspicion” that the student violated a school rule or law. A recent criminal decision from the United States...more

Impact On Employers And Schools Of Illinois Supreme Court’s Rejection Of Eavesdropping Law

Employers, schools, and other entities have long relied on the Illinois Eavesdropping Act to prohibit individuals from recording conversations, meetings, classes, and other activities without the consent of all participants....more

No Right of Privacy for Bikini-Clad Image on Facebook

The use at a seminar on internet safety of a picture of a 17-year-old bikini-clad student taken from her Facebook page by a school district technology director did not violate the student’s right to privacy under federal law,...more

Math Test Equals Strip Search? It Just Doesn’t Add Up

Recently in Quebec, a high-school staff stripped searched a class of twenty eight sophomores before a math exam. ...more

Sixth Circuit Rules School’s Search Of Student Cellphone Violated Fourth Amendment

In a recent decision, the first federal appellate court to address the rights of school officials to search student cell phones held that a student’s violation of a school rule regarding technology did not justify a general...more

Be Careful When Searching Student Cell Phones, Sixth Circuit Warns

With text messages, Tweets, Facebook posts and other digital communications so prevalent in student’s lives, schools have been struggling to deal with the influx of mobile devices on campus. Last week, the Sixth U.S. Circuit...more

#Edchat Followup: Legal Issues For BYOD And 1:1 Programs In Schools

Each Tuesday the #Edchat hashtag brings together educators from across the globe to discuss education-related topics on Twitter. Last week one of the questions on #Edchat was “How do we train educators to teach in programs...more

RFID Chip in Student ID Badge Does Not Infringe on Religious Freedom

Requiring a high school student to carry an identification card with an RFID chip does not violate the student’s First Amendment religious and free speech rights. The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio...more

Employee Privacy On Work Computers To Be Decided By Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in R. v. Cole, 2011 ONCA 218. Mr. Cole, a teacher, was charged with possession of child pornography and unauthorized use of a...more

Federal Court Found That School Violated Student’s Privacy Rights When It Disclosed Student’s Sexual Orientation

In the case of Wyatt v. Kilgore Independent School District, a Fifth Circuit federal district court in Texas recently ruled that a student had a valid claim for violation of her due process right to privacy after school...more

Third Circuit Rules: No Constitutional Right to Privacy for Opinions Shared with Others with the Expectation that the Opinions...

Third Circuit Rules: No Constitutional Right to Privacy for Opinions Shared with Others with the Expectation that the Opinions Will be Kept Secret. Rejects new interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment right to privacy. ...more

Litigation Advisory: A Legal “Back to School” Checklist: Mitigating Risk and Managing Your Child

The end of August marks the close of summer and the beginning of back to school season. Among the last things parents of college and high school age children are considering are potential legal issues. Beyond U-Hauls, bed...more

Ohio Education Law Monthly (June 2010)

In This Newsletter: *Supreme Court Rules that a Government Employer's Search of an Employee's Text Messages did not Violate his Fourth Amendment Privacy Rights *Family and Civic Engagement Teams *Summer Jobs and...more

Ohio Education Law Monthly (May 2010)

In this issue: *Legal issues for a school board to consider before creating or approving a Facebook page *Seventh Circuit rules that summaries of witness interviews taken by a school board's attorney are not...more

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