The next Scalia?

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Reading Neil Gorsuch’s opinions on education-related cases offers a few insights on how he might respond in future decisions. In this season of presidential appointments, we’ve all been watching as Congress and others have probed the backgrounds of candidates to get some idea about how these individuals will serve this country. Any presidential appointment is [...]

Speak freely to the school board

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School boards can enact rules about public comments at their meetings, but they cannot impede someone’s right to speak, whether they are employees or the public. Access and input to decision making by public bodies, including school boards, is an important part of the American democratic system. How does the public, including school district employees, [...]

Expanded support for homeless students

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Federal requirements for protecting educational access for homeless children expands even as their numbers also increase. What homeless children need most of all is a home. While they are experiencing homelessness, however, children desperately need to remain in school. School is one of the few stable, secure places in the lives of homeless children and [...]

The legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

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Justice Antonin Scalia had a profound effect on the U.S. Supreme Court, consistently adhering to and promoting, sometimes scornfully, a strict constructionist application of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has an incredible effect on American law and public policy and thus on our public schools. You cannot overstate its importance. The sudden death [...]

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