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Alabama Student sent home for “Distracting hair color” challenges unexcused absence

WAFF.com reports that a student from Muscle Shoals High School was sent home on the first day of school because her hair color was deemed to be “too distracting.”

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Parent sues Colorado district for denying re-enrollment of her special needs child at district-sponsored charter school

The Denver Post reports that Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 and the Colorado Department of Education are the targets of a federal lawsuit by the mother of an autistic student who was denied re-enrollment by a CMSD12-sponsored charter school.

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New Jersey district will not allow transgender student to return to school as a female

The Times Herald reports that Angela Peters, the mother of a transgender student, claims a Thorne Middle School official told her that her daughter would not be allowed to return to school unless she dressed and acted male.

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OCR investigating claims of race discrimination in Chicago’s south side schools

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, activists fighting to keep open two Bronzeville Chicago public schools slated for closure are applauding the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) decision earlier this month to investigate those planned closings.

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New Jersey district settles suit with student disciplined for profane off-campus tweet about principal

The South Jersey Times reports that the Sterling High School District has settled a lawsuit brought by a Sterling High School student disciplined for tweeting profane comments about her principal.

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Secular group warns Georgia high school’s football coaches to stop sharing prayer and Bible verses with players or face lawsuit

The Blaze reports that the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a secular legal firm, has sent a letter to Hall County School District officials warning that AHA will file a lawsuit if football coaches at Chestatee High School do not end their practice of sharing prayer and Bible scriptures with players and placing those prayers and scriptures on official team stationary.

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Cheerleaders ask Texas Supreme Court to review “Bible banner” ruling

The Associated Press on dallasnews.com reports that a group of high school cheerleaders from southeast Texas recently asked the state Supreme Court to rule on whether banners emblazoned with Bible verses that they display at football games is protected free speech.

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Schools prepare to enroll unaccompanied immigrant children

As reported in the USA Today, the arrival of 50,000 unaccompanied immigrant children since last fall is creating uncertainty among some school districts.

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Organizations join New Jersey district to defend inclusion of “under God” in Pledge of Allegiance

According to The Daily Journal, patriotic and religious organizations are coming the defense of the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District against a lawsuit filed earlier this year by a Monmouth County family seeking to delete the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance recited daily by MARSD students.

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OCR finds Virginia district’s use of restraint and seclusion on special needs students violates their rights under federal disability law

The Washington Post reports that a U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ investigation found that the Prince William County Public Schools’ frequent use of restraint, seclusion, and removal from classrooms of students with emotional disabilities amounted to a “one-size-fits-all” approach to behavior management that took away instructional time and did not account for individual student needs.

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