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Louisiana district settles suit by Buddhist student claiming religious harassment

A Louisiana school district settles a suit by a Buddhist student alleging religious harassment by school officials.

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New Jersey district rescinds requirement that parents show government-issued ID to register children for school to settle lawsuit

The Butler School District has agreed to stop requiring parents to show government-issued identification before registering their children in school as a settlement to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

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7th Circuit rules hair length restriction on boys’ team violates Equal Protection Clause and Title IX

The 7th Circuit rules that a hair length restriction on a boys’ basketball team violates the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX.

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Ninth Circuit upholds ban of American flag t-shirt during Cinco de Mayo day

Ninth Circuit upholds ban of American flag t-shirt during Cinco de Mayo day.

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ED guidance on privacy of student data shared with third-party providers of online services

The U.S. Department of Education has issued new guidance on the proper use, storage, and security of the massive amounts of data being generated by new, online educational resources.

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Ninth Circuit: mandatory uniform policy requiring motto and allowing clothing from nat’l organizations must survive strict scrutiny

The Ninth Circuit rules that a Nevada public elementary school’s uniform policy implicated students’ First Amendment’s Free Speech rights and, therefore, had to be analyzed under the strict scrutiny standard

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Transgender students may participate in Virginia sports with sex change and hormone therapy

The Virginia High School League has approved the participation of transgender student-athletes in prep sports.

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Seventh circuit upholds school’s deviations from diabetic student’s 504 plan

The Seventh Circuit rules that a school did not violate section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act in its administration of a student’s 504 plan.

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Massachusetts district backs off of disciplining student for profane tweet to school’s twitter

After North Attleboro High School (NAHS) sent out a message via the school’s official twitter account notifying students that school was cancelled due to snow that ended with “See you in June!,” the Boston Daily reports, senior Nick Barbieri responded with a profane tweet saying “[expletive] off.”  Barbieri’s F-word laced tweet earned him a call from school officials demanding he […]

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Civil rights group files federal complaint charging North Carolina districts are barring immigrant children from enrolling in school

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice asking the department to conduct an investigation into two school districts in North Carolina.

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