Mixing guns and schools

Schools are subject to an often-conflicting array of gun regulations from three levels of government. Educators and parents want schools to be safe places for children. And as the PDK [...]

August 14th, 2017|

The transgender question: What are schools to do? 

As the debate goes on, schools must protect students and comply with the law.  Over the past six months, considerable media and legal attention have been focused on the rights [...]

July 24th, 2017|

Student online speech rights on and off campus

  If off-campus online speech presents the likelihood of a disruption on campus, administrators can respond by disciplining the responsible students. Students do not “shed their rights to freedom of [...]

July 17th, 2017|

You say ‘records,’ and I say ‘data’

FERPA, the most widely used federal education law, has not kept pace with changing times.  FERPA — the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act — is one of the most [...]

May 1st, 2017|

The next Scalia?

Reading Neil Gorsuch’s opinions on education-related cases offers a few insights on how he might respond in future decisions.  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late [...]

March 27th, 2017|

The next Scalia?

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 [...]

February 8th, 2017|

Speak freely to the school board

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 [...]

January 23rd, 2017|

Expanded support for homeless students

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 [...]

October 25th, 2016|

The legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

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 [...]

August 31st, 2016|