ERIC Number: ED145558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Wedlock, Eldon D., Jr.; McMurry, Cheryl S.
Nineteen seventy-six was a relatively quiet year in the Supreme Court with respect to litigation involving students. Only two opinions were reported: Private schools were told that they could not exclude blacks for purely racial reasons because blacks have the right to enter into contracts with private schools and the schools cannot refuse to do so on the basis of race; however, public schools were given notice that full compliance with district court orders desegregating their schools could and would result in their escaping federal court monitoring of the district unless further unconsitutional actions were established. Litigation alleging unfair state restraint on the offer of educational opporutnities to other classes of people increased, with cases not only being decided with regard to handicapped students but also with regard to underage or otherwise statutorily ineligible persons. School officials did well in cases challenging disciplinary methods and procedures. With the exception of Ingraham v. Wright, most of the corporal punishment litigation is being heard in state courts where, with a few exceptions, the authorities are winning. Cases involving student substantive rights were few in 1976, evidencing perhaps a relaxation of tensions over the generation gap. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Attendance, Corporal Punishment, Court Litigation, Curriculum, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Aid, Federal Courts, Handicapped Students, Private Schools, Racial Discrimination, School Desegregation, Special Education, Student Behavior, Student Financial Aid, Student Rights, Students, Supreme Court Litigation
Not available separately--see EA 010 020
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.