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Imber, Michael – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses legal issues related to the celebration of Christmas in public schools. Concludes that schools can display secular symbols of Christmas such as reindeer, elves, and Santa Clause, but not religious ones, such as wise men, angels, and nativity scenes. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Religious Holidays
Hutton, Thomas – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes what schools may do and must not do in recognizing religious holidays such as Christmas. Suggests several play-it-safe strategies for school boards to avoid community controversy or litigation related to the observance of religious holidays. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Religious Holidays
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
"Lassonde" involved a California school district's authority to delete religious proselytizing statements from a student's graduation speech while permitting him to hand out copies of the speech outside the site where the graduation ceremony would be held. The 9th Circuit affirmed the lower court's decision in favor of the school district. (MLF)
Descriptors: Censorship, Commencement Ceremonies, Court Litigation, Freedom of Speech
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses the implications of "Niziol," a case in which a Florida high school student was killed in the school parking lot when his gun accidentally discharged. The parents sued the school board in federal district court. The magistrate dismissed all the federal law claims, though she postponed her decision on the state law claims. (MLF)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Legislation, Guns, High Schools
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
A decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case from Minnesota illustrates the difficulties schools face in deciding when and how to search a student for possible weapons or drugs. Case shows courts tend to give school officials a measure of flexibility when applying the law. Advises board members and administrators to consult with…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Drug Use, Elementary Secondary Education, School Law
Dawling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses recent Kentucky case of "Boyd County High School Gay Straight Alliance v. Board of Education of Boyd County" wherein the Kentucky Supreme Court held that the Equal Access Act prohibited school officials from banning the Gay Straight Alliance from meeting in the high school since it had earlier permitted four other noncurricular…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, High Schools, State Courts, Youth Clubs
Brady, Lisa – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes a successful random drug-testing program for athletes and students involved in school-sponsored activities at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, New Jersey. Urges all high schools to implement a random drug-testing program. (PKP)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Drug Use Testing, High Schools
Joiner, Lottie L. – American School Board Journal, 2003
Ohio's new set of science standards, adopted in December 2002, require that the state's public-school students learn Charles Darwin's theory of evolution as well as be allowed to criticize evolution in the classrooms. Includes a sidebar about some school boards' attempts to accommodate both sides in the evolution debate, and an article,…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evolution, Public Schools
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
Analyzes "Camlin v. Beecher Community School District (Illinois)," wherein the state appellate court held that the school board violated its own drug policy when it expelled a high school student for allegedly smoking marijuana on a field trip without first offering him an opportunity to enter a drug education program. Court also held…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Discipline Policy, Drug Education
Colgan, Craig – American School Board Journal, 2003
Mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) are matters of major concern to architects and their educational clients. The Environmental Protection Agency's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program offers help to districts seeking to tackle IAQ issues. Strengthening community relations is one way to be ready in case of a bad environmental or IAQ report.…
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Standards
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
A federal case from Wooster, Ohio, illustrates the tension facing school boards and administrators when they deal with student expression. Explains the judge's reasoning about the issues involving First Amendment rights of student editors and the policies and relevant free-speech principles. (MLF)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Censorship, Court Litigation, Federal Courts
Cook, Glenn – American School Board Journal, 2003
A win-at-all-costs mentality in high school athletics increasingly promotes commercialism over academics. Some school districts have enacted a 1-year ban from competition for athletes who transfer within the district. Summarizes experiences of three student athletes. (MLF)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Extramural Athletics, High Schools, School Culture
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2003
Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) are putting pressure on schools. Last year, schools were only required to show gains for entire grade levels. This year, all states must also show specified improvement in various subgroups. Provides five examples. The National Education Association plans to file a lawsuit over the unfounded…
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Educational Improvement
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2003
States that schools should think twice before adopting a random drug-testing program for students involved in extracurricular activities even though the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in "Board of Education v. Earls" upheld its constitutionality. Briefly describes dissenting opinions in "Earls" and opposition to drug testing…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Drug Use Testing, Elementary School Students, Extracurricular Activities
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
Analyzes free-speech challenge to school district's guidelines for acceptable expressions on ceramic tiles painted by Columbine High School students to express their feelings about the massacre. Tenth Circuit found that tile painting constituted school-sponsored speech and thus district had the constitutional authority under "Hazelwood School…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Freedom of Speech, High Schools, Student Rights
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