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Kentucky Supreme Court hears arguments in appeal of Jefferson County student assignment plan

According to The Courier-Journal, the Kentucky Supreme Court may uphold Jefferson County’s student assignment plan, based on questions asked by the justices during oral arguments involving whether state law guarantees students seats in their neighborhood schools.

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ACLU sues Indiana school on behalf of students expelled for Facebook post

The Associated Press (AP) reports in The Washington Post that the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU-IN) has filed suit in federal court on behalf of three middle school students who were expelled by Griffith Public Schools (GPS) after joking on Facebook about which of their classmates they would like to kill.

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New Jersey district’s insurer pays out $4.2 million to paralyzed victim of bully’s punch

According to an Associated Press (AP) report in The Washington Post, the Ramsey Board of Education (RBOE) has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit by a then-middle school student who was paralyzed when a known bully punched him in the abdomen.

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California’s proposed legislation criminalizing student-teacher dating dies in Assembly committee

The Associated Press reports in the San Francisco Chronicle that by a 3-0 vote, the California Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety rejected AB1861, a bill that would have made it a felony for teachers to date their students.

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North Dakota Supreme Court rules school resource officer did not need probable cause to search student for drugs

North Dakota Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of a school resource officer’s (SRO) search of a student for illegal drugs, denying the student’s motion to suppress evidence, i.e., a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, turned up by the search on the grounds that the SRO lacked probable cause to conduct the search.

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Jury returns verdict that school officials’ ban on two students’ apparel deemed “gang-related” did not violate their free speech rights

According to the Student Press Law Center, a federal district court jury in Nebraska returned a verdict that Millard Public School District (MPSD) did not violate the First Amendment rights of two students who wore “RIP” clothing. However, jurors were unable to decide whether a third student’s rights were violated.

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California high school administrator temporarily reassigned after disqualifying gay student from school pageant

The Orange County Register reports that Fullerton Union High School (FUHS) Vice Principal Joe Abell has been temporarily removed from his position after he disqualified a gay student from the “Mr. Fullerton” pageant.

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Study finds both male and female math teachers view white female students as weaker in math than white males

The American-Statesman reports that a study by a University of Texas sociologist shows that high school math teachers perceive their white, female students to be less adept at the subject even when the girls’ test scores and grades are comparable to those of white males.

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Survey of Texas districts’ prom dress codes highlights administrators’ concerns with revealing dresses, tattoos, and piercings

According to the Cleburne Times-Review survey of local school districts’ prom dress codes, most ban excessive displays of flesh. Alvarado High School, which recently held its prom, instructed students not to wear dresses that showed their midriffs, excessive skin or dresses that sat higher than 4 inches above the knee. On the other hand, Joshua High School, which will hold its prom later this month, has no prom dress code.

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Federal appellate court hears arguments in suit over Pennsylvania district’s ban on “I ♥ Boobies!” bracelets

The Morning Call reports that Attorney John E. Freund, representing Easton Area School District (EASD), told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (DE, NJ, PA, VI) during oral argument that school officials and not a federal judge are in the best position to decide whether slogans like “I ♥ Boobies!” should be banned in the classroom.

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