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Study concludes drug testing high school students does not deter tobacco, marijuana, or alcohol use

Study reports that drug testing high school students does not deter their use of tobacco, marijuana, or alcohol.

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California district threatened with suit for refusing to allow elementary student to distribute candy canes with religious message

A California school district is being threatened with a lawsuit over the school district’s refusal to allow an elementary school student to distribute candy canes containing a religious message to classmates.

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Sua Sponte: NSBA files amicus brief urging Supreme Court review of Third Circuit’s “I ♥ boobies” decision

The National School Boards Association, joined by other education associations, filed an amicus curiae brief on January 6, 2014, in support of Easton Area School District’s (EASD) petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s en banc decision in B.H. v. EASD that EASD’s ban on displays of a cancer awareness bracelet inscribed with the caption “I ♥ boobies” violated students’ First Amendment free speech rights.

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Oregon district’s “sportsmanship and social media” policy the subject of free speech suit

A member of the Scappoose High School dance team and her mother have filed suit against the Oregon school district alleging that its newly adopted “sportsmanship and social media” policy violates the plaintiffs’ constitutionally protected free speech and due process rights.

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High school football players file concussion class action suit against NFHS and NCAA

The parent of a Mississippi high school football player has filed a concussion class action lawsuit against the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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Study says zero tolerance disciplinary policies are not making schools safer or less disruptive

The Vera Institute of Justice has issued a report finding that zero tolerance policies are having little to no effect on student classroom behavior.

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Authority of individual school to adopt uniform policy argued before Nevada Supreme Court

The Nevada Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a suit challenging a Nevada elementary school uniform policy on the ground the policy was not adopted by the board of education, only the individual elementary school.

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Sua Sponte: OCR responds to NSBA’s concerns with OCR’s DCL on students with disabilities participating in extracurricular athletics in time for COSA webinar

OCR responds to NSBA’s concerns with OCR’s DCL on students with disabilities participating in extracurricular athletics in time for COSA webinar

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New Jersey district pays $700,000 for harsh discipline of Hispanic students

The Camden School Board has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle claims stemming from a decision to make elementary school students eat lunch on a gymnasium floor as punishment for spilling a jug of water in their fifth-grade classroom.

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Study finds racial disparity in suspension of Virginia students, but effective programs as well

Study finds male African-American students in Virginia are twice as likely to be suspended from public schools as white male students.

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