Student Rights & Discipline

Newsome v. Albemarle County School Board

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that a student who is challenging a school district’s dress code prohibiting the wearing of any apparel associated with weapons and violence is entitled to a preliminary injunction preventing the district from enforcing the code with regard to his wearing a t-shirt bearing the initials NRA and depicting three gunmen. 

Does v. PGCBOE

Fourth Circuit panel per curiam decision - upholding deliberate indifference standard in Title IX peer sexual harassment suits.

Ziegler v. Martin Cnty. Sch. Dist., No. 14-14221 (S.D. Fla Mar. 2, 2015)

Opinion of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granting summary judgment to school district and sheriff's department on claims that students' Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights, Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights, and First Amendment speech rights were violated.

Ohio v. Clark (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief)

Legal System: Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause - teacher/school staff requirement to report suspected child abuse under state mandatory reporting law - are teachers/staff agents of law enforcement for purposes of Confrontation Clause - does a minor student's out-of-court statements to a teacher in response to teacher's concern about potential child abuse qualify as "testimonial" statements subject to the Confrontation Clause

Leading Education Groups Urge Supreme Court to Review Errant Ruling in Student Speech Case

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 6, 2014) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by other leading education groups and a state school boards association, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to accept Easton Area Sch. Dist. v. B.H for review and to reverse the appellate court’s decision as contrary to well-established Supreme Court precedent.
 

Stopbullying.gov showcased at ED’s Bullying Prevention Summit

New resources to combat bullying at school and online were showcased during the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) fourth Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit—“Keeping Kids Safe: Opportunities and Challenges in Bullying Prevention”—Friday, Aug. 15.
 

Webinar: Recent Guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice: Title IX, Section 504/ADA and more

Invite your school district clients to join you as the NSBA legal staff reviews important recent guidance documents issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice.  We'll cover topics such as Title IX and sexual violence (especially with respect sexual orientation and gender identity), the ADA Effective Communication regulation, racial disparities in student discipline, Charter Schools, student records and data, and more.  We will discuss how the guidance documents reflect policy initiatives and how NSBA is engaging with the Departments on these issues. 

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