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When Does the First Amendment Protect What Students Wear to School?
Students’ right to freedom of expression extends to the messages on their clothes, as long as they aren’t disruptive or vulgar. But schools can impose dress codes that aren’t meant to silence opinions. ... READ MORE

When Can Schools Limit Students’ Free Speech Rights?
Students don’t lose their First Amendment rights by going to public school, but they can still be punished for some kinds of speech—or other ways of expressing their opinions. ... READ MORE

What Kinds of Expression Does the First Amendment Protect?
Public school students have a constitutional right to express their opinions in many different ways, from symbolic actions to social media posts. Still, free speech rights aren’t absolute. ... READ MORE

Mississippi Laws on Corporal Punishment in Schools
Mississippi allows corporal punishment in its schools, and it’s one of the few states where the practice is still widespread. ... READ MORE

Utah Rules on Corporal Punishment in Schools
Utah bars corporal punishment in its public schools, as well as any private schools that receive state funding. ... READ MORE

When Can Schools Censor Student Journalists?
The U.S. Supreme Court has curtailed high school students’ First Amendment rights when they’re writing for official school publications. But several states give student journalists greater free-speech protections. ... READ MORE

Can Schools Restrict Students’ Freedom of Religious Expression?
Students have a constitutional right to express their faith or pray at public school, as long as it isn’t disruptive and doesn’t appear to have the school’s official approval. ... READ MORE

Corporal Punishment in Schools: Can Teachers Hit My Child?
In most states, public school teachers and principals aren’t allowed to punish students by causing physical pain. But corporal punishment is still allowed in many states—especially in the South. ... READ MORE

Arkansas Laws on Corporal Punishment in Schools
Public school teachers and administrators in Arkansas may use reasonable corporal punishment, as long as they follow local discipline policies. ... READ MORE

Kansas Laws on Corporal Punishment in Schools
Kansas doesn’t prohibit teachers from using corporal punishment on students, but local school districts may limit the practice. ... READ MORE


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Reforms To Education Grading System Proposed (Texas Legislative Issues/News

In early 2017, Texas got its first preview of the new A-F grading system for schools when “test” grades were released. At that time, even with over 200 schools calling for r ... Read more

Transgender: CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

I recognize that I am sticking my foot in a hornet’s nest by daring to write an article about this subject. Sides have been taken, and both sides are polarized and ready for a legal battle. This ... Read more

Attorney General Opinion Regarding Video Surveillance of Special Education

Under Senate Bill (SB) 507, which was codified as § 29.022 of the Texas Education Code, upon the request of a parent, trustee, or staff member, a district must install one or more video cameras i ... Read more

Reimbursing Employers for Unemployment Compensation – Know your Rights

Do you know whether you are a reimbursing employer for purposes of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act (TUCA)? It pays to know the difference in light of some changes in the law enacted during the ... Read more

Texas Legislative Issues/News: School vouchers

In Texas legislative issues/news, according to a Fox TV affiliate in Austin, thousands of parents and students rallied at the state capitol to demand that the Texas Legislature pass a school ... Read more

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