NSBA Legal Clips
Archived entries for Student Rights & Discipline

Michigan student claims school district violated the FOIA and the Open Meetings Act by not disclosing the names of expelled students

A school senior in Michigan has filed a lawsuit claiming that the board of education is required to list the names of expelled students in its minutes under the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.

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OCR says Michigan school district failed to properly investigate sexual assault allegations; District accepts costly resolution agreement

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has cited the Forest Hills school district in Grand Rapids, Mich. for failing to follow up on two separate sexual harassment and assault claims lodged against a student athlete.

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Texas district appeals ruling that cheerleaders can display religious banners at school events

The Kountze Independent School District is asking a Texas appellate court to clarify a recent ruling in a case involving high school cheerleaders using religious themes on banners at football games.

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Federal appellate court rules Tennessee district’s student assignment plan does not violate African-American students’ equal protection rights

The Sixth Circuit has ruled that a Tennessee school district’s student assignment plan does not violate African-American students’ Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights.

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Federal district court upholds D.C. public school system’s school closure plan against various federal and state claims

A federal district court in the District of Columbia has denied a request for a preliminary injunction sought by parents attempting to block the school district’s plan to close 15 of its schools.

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Nebraska Supreme Court rules school officials can not search student car parked off-campus

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that school officials lacked authority to conduct a search of a student’s vehicle that was located off school grounds.

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Proposed Bible class sparks debate at Delaware school board meeting

A proposed Bible study class for Cape Henlopen High School is causing quite a stir within the Delaware community.

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Family files $8.3 million suit against Virginia district for bullying incident, citing a national “Pandemic”

A Virginia family has filed suit in federal court seeking $8.3 million from the Appomattox County School Board and school employees as a result of a bus bullying incident.

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Teachers’ union hits Chicago’s school board with two suits opposing proposed school closings

The Chicago Teachers Union has filed two lawsuits, on behalf of parents and their special needs children, to try to stop the city from closing 53 elementary schools.

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Complaint filed with OCR charges NYC high school admissions’ policies discriminate against African-American and Hispanic students

A complaint has been filed with the federal Office for Civil Rights charging that New York City high school admissions policies are racially biased against African-American and Hispanic students.

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