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January 2017 Archives

SCOTUS to decide important special education case - II

In our previous post, we discussed how the Supreme Court of the United States recently heard oral arguments in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, an important education law case that will have profound implications for school districts and the roughly 6.7 million children with disabilities across the U.S.

SCOTUS to decide important special education case

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a fascinating and extremely important education law case that will have profound implications for school districts and students across the country, particularly the roughly 6.7 million children with disabilities.

How student bullies could face felony charges in one state

For the last eight years, the Obama Administration has been urging public school systems across the nation to not only do their best to cut down on suspensions and expulsions in order to keep students engaged and on the path to graduation, but also to take steps to stop students from being swept into the so-called school-to-prison pipeline.

Florida private school voucher program incites lawsuit

Public schools struggle each year to meet the high demands of education within limited budgets. Likewise, if Florida parents desire to send their children to a private school, they often find the idea cost-prohibitive. Many across the country are grateful for voucher programs that allow families to take advantage of private education when they otherwise could not afford it. However, sometimes those programs are met with resistance from public school educators.

Florida works to reduce public school suspensions

There are many situations that may lead a child to drop out of school. Illness, family circumstances, drug use and boredom are just a few reasons why a student may decide to leave school. When a child does not graduate, it is likely he or she will find struggles and economic hardship ahead. This is why public school administrations are urged to do whatever they can to help students stay in school and earn their diplomas. In Florida, this includes evaluating the use of out-of-school suspension.

School board asks lawmakers to introduce tighter medical marijuana regulations

History was made here in Florida back on November 8, when voters decided by an overwhelming margin to pass Amendment 2, which greatly expanded both the size of and access to the state's medical marijuana program.

Appeals court: Lake County Board to reconsider gay-straight club

Since 2011, students at Carver Middle School in Leesburg have been trying to start a school club called Carver Gay-Straight Alliance, but they've been met with a wall of opposition. The Lake County School Board, the superintendent and administrators employed a number of tactics to reject the club procedurally, but persistent students and the ACLU of Florida may finally get their club.

Florida public school teacher accused of racist comments

Teachers have a difficult job, and they always seem to be under a microscope. The often thankless work they do may be forgotten in the light of accusations of wrongdoing, no matter how unfounded. One Florida public school teacher is dealing with such accusations now, and his reputation as an educator may be permanently marred.