School and Education Law

SCOTUS bolsters rights of learning-disabled students

March 22, 2017
 Associated Press
A unanimous Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards.
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District court again rules against Concord Schools on ‘Christmas Spectacular’

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has once again entered judgment against a northern Indiana school district after finding it has not made “absolutely clear” that it will permanently nix overtly religious content from its annual Christmas program.
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Bill prohibiting sanctuary campuses moves to Indiana House

March 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill meant to require Indiana colleges and universities to comply with federal immigration investigations has passed the Senate, though concerns remain about the policy’s implication on Indiana campuses.
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Indiana House OKs bill on prayer in schools

February 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A legislative proposal whose author says it would put prayer back in schools has cleared the Indiana House.
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Supreme Court could decide transgender case. Or not.

February 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boys' bathroom and the Virginia school board that won't let him still want the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute, even after the Trump administration retreated from an Obama-era policy on bathroom use.
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House education panel backs school prayer bill

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
Students’ right to pray aloud in Indiana schools would be reaffirmed under a measure a House education committee has approved.
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State lawmakers discuss expanding screening for teachers

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will help strengthen Indiana’s system for running background checks for teachers.
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Consumer agency accuses Navient of 'systematically' cheating borrowers

January 19, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Navient Corp. has been sued by a U.S. regulator over allegations that the student loan giant “systematically” cheated borrowers.
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Former ITT students seek creditor status in school's bankruptcy case

January 4, 2017
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
A group of former ITT Educational Services Inc. students are seeking legal recognition as creditors in ITT’s ongoing bankruptcy case.
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ITT Chapter 7 bankruptcy fallout

November 30, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The student records are only one aspect of this bankruptcy. There are employee records, pension benefits, 401(k) retirement funds plus lawsuits previously filed by federal agencies and some states’ attorneys general.
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ACLU sues Franklin Township schools over Christian prayer

November 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit challenging the Franklin Township School Board’s alleged policy of opening meetings with exclusively Christian prayers.
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Marian University facing suit over professor's alleged sexual misconduct

November 3, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Marian University is facing a lawsuit alleging the school acted with deliberate indifference while one of its professors sexually harassed a male student.
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2 former Vigo County school officials face federal charge

November 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Two former western Indiana school officials each face a federal charge for allegedly taking kickbacks from a contractor over two years.
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School district in Elkhart promises to nix live Nativity

November 1, 2016
 Associated Press
A student and parents suing a school district in Elkhart over its annual holiday pageant are still seeking a court order preventing the school from reverting to old versions of the show that contain live Nativity scenes.
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Northwestern changes team rules after complaint to NLRB

October 12, 2016
 Associated Press
In another step toward redefining the amateur status of college athletes, Northwestern has agreed to drop social media restrictions placed on football players after a complaint about the team handbook was filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
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Lawmakers OK more background checks for Indiana teachers

September 21, 2016
 Associated Press
A panel of Indiana lawmakers has endorsed recommendations to strengthen the state's background checks system for educators and streamline the process for revoking a teacher's license.
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Judge: Elkhart school's Christmas program didn't violate law

September 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that an Elkhart high school's Christmas program last year didn't violate constitutional prohibitions against the endorsement of religion by public entities.
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School asks high court to hear transgender bathroom case

August 30, 2016
 Associated Press
A Virginia school board urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys bathroom at his high school, framing it as an issue of national importance.
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Indiana education committee looks at sexual misconduct

August 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A group of Indiana lawmakers is looking at sexual misconduct in schools to see if legislation is needed in 2017 to help curb abuse.
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Complaints to Indiana board prompted school corp FBI probe

August 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Complaints to an Indiana state agency prompted a federal investigation of Vigo County School Corp.'s "contracting procedures."
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Elkhart teacher loses age-discrimination appeal

July 25, 2016
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected an appeal of an Elkhart teacher who claimed the school system discriminated against her on the basis of her race and age in denying her 12 different promotions over a span of eight years.
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Justices uphold Jay County teachers’ CBA

July 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
In a 4-1 decision, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the last best offer made by the Jay School Corp. regarding a collective bargaining agreement for the 2013-14 school year. The teachers took issue with a provision involving the salary of teachers hired mid-school year.
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CPLI report highlights ‘crisis’ caused by school discipline practices

July 11, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Describing the current disciplinary practices in Indiana school as creating “a crisis” that is disproportionately impacting African-American students, a new report is offering a framework for involving parents, educators, law enforcement and legislators to improve learning and reduce suspensions and expulsions in classrooms across the state.
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University of Louisville students' lawsuit against escort dismissed

May 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A Louisville judge has dismissed a lawsuit by University of Louisville students filed against Katina Powell that said the escort's book allegations of sex parties at the men's basketball players' dormitory had devalued their education.
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Central Indiana school principal charged with not reporting

April 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor has charged a central Indiana school principal with misdemeanor failure to report for waiting 17 days to report rumors an employee sent naked photos of herself to students.
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