Courts, Public Education December 1st, 2022

Michigan school district settles with family after reporting parents for child abuse rather than investigate daughter’s sexual assault claim

A Michigan school district has settled a lawsuit with a family after reporting the parents for child abuse for pulling their daughter out of school over its handling of her sexual assault claim. The lawsuit against Edwardsburg Public Schools had been filed in response to a 2017 incident that allegedly occurred at a music camp.  A…
Courts, Public Education November 28th, 2022

Ohio school board settles free speech case after ban on critical comments at board meeting – but new policy will bar any comments about employees

An Ohio school board has reached a settlement with a resident who sued after being prevented from speaking at a board meeting about a controversy over the district superintendent. The resident, Diane Hughes, had alleged a violation of her free speech rights after a September meeting of the Lakota Board of Education in which the board…
Courts, Public Education November 28th, 2022

Mother of autistic student sues Oklahoma district for negligence in wake of physical assault incident

The mother of an autistic student has filed a lawsuit against her son’s Oklahoma school district after an alleged assault from another student. Adrianne Johnson filed suit on Nov. 9 against Norman Public Schools alleging negligence on the part of the district. She claims her 11-year-old son with autism shouldn’t have been placed in the classroom…
Courts, Higher Education November 23rd, 2022

Biden admin will extend student loan payment pause – again – while forgiveness is tied up in court

(Daily Caller) – The Biden administration extended the student loan repayment pause to until the end of June 2023 while the administration’s student loan forgiveness plan is tied up in court, according to a Tuesday press release from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Under the extension, loans do not need to be paid until 60…
Courts, Public Education November 16th, 2022

Parents sue district, football coach for negligence following alleged battery at New Mexico high school

A New Mexico high school football coach charged with battery of a female student is now being sued by her parents, who also blame the district for hiring and retaining him. Court documents allege Aztec High School head football coach Hank Strauss confronted a female student during school Sept. 2 and told her to stop taking…
Abortion, Courts November 16th, 2022

Fulton County judge stops enforcement of Georgia’s abortion ban, says law ‘must be reenacted’

(The Center Square) — A Fulton County judge enjoined the state from enforcing its abortion ban lawmakers passed before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. Georgia lawmakers passed House Bill 481, the Living Infants Fairness Equality Act, in 2019. The law, commonly called the “Heartbeat Bill,” banned most abortions after about six weeks. A federal…
Abortion, Courts November 16th, 2022

Kentucky Supreme Court hears arguments on abortion trigger law injunction

(The Center Square) – Kentucky’s top court Tuesday heard arguments on whether it should reinstate temporary restraining orders against two abortion laws, including one that took effect shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year. The hearing before the Kentucky Supreme Court took place one week after voters in the state…
Courts, Public Education November 14th, 2022

‘It’s difficult to teach yourself’: Class action lawsuit says Connecticut school has failed to hire

High school students in one Connecticut classroom have allegedly been forced to go weeks without a math teacher, leading to a lawsuit against the school. The Zandri family filed suit against H.C. Wilcox Technical High School and various state officials, claiming their daughter and several other students have been hurt by the lack of a geometry…
Courts, Public Education November 14th, 2022

Coalition of AGs file brief against school that hides students’ gender transitions from parents

A coalition of 17 Republican attorneys general filed an amicus brief Thursday in support of a lawsuit filed against an Iowa school that obscures students’ gender transitions from their parents.
Courts, Public Education November 10th, 2022

Wyoming teachers’ union sues its own state claiming underfunding of its public schools

A Wyoming teachers’ union has filed a lawsuit against the state alleging insufficient funding for public education. The state argues the union has no standing in the case since the “right to education” in the state’s constitution “is simply not held by educators.” The Wyoming Education Association (WEA) brought the suit in August, claiming the state…