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Eckes, Suzanne E. – Educational Researcher, 2021
A 2020 lawsuit involves a public school teacher who refused to address transgender students by their preferred names because of his religious beliefs. This case is particularly significant because it is the first K-12 decision that analyzes this matter. This issue has important policy implications for schools and students.
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), LGBTQ People, Sexual Identity, Teacher Attitudes
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Eckes, Suzanne E. – Berkeley Review of Education, 2017
This article examines an education policy matter that involves homophobic speech in public schools. Using legal research methods, two federal circuit court opinions that have examined the tension surrounding anti-LGBTQ student expression are analyzed. This legal analysis provides non-lawyers some insight into the current realities of student…
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Homosexuality, Public Schools, Educational Policy
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Eckes, Suzanne E. – Journal of LGBT Youth, 2017
As society's views of sexual orientation and gender identity have significantly evolved in recent years, school districts across the country are addressing how to create policies that align with the law in this area. One recent issue involves laws and policies focused on transgender students and their right to access restrooms that align with…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, School Districts, School Policy
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Lewis, Maria M.; Eckes, Suzanne E. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2020
Purpose: In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a highly publicized case brought by a transgender student, G.G., who was denied access to the bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity. Ultimately, the Court never heard this case, but the documents submitted to the Court remain a part of the historical record, worthy of examination…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Inclusion, LGBTQ People, Students
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Mead, Julie F.; Eckes, Suzanne E. – National Education Policy Center, 2018
Recent reports on discrimination in private schools have led some observers to decry the fact that private and charter schools receiving public tax dollars selectively exclude some populations from both employment and enrollment; others, however, note that in these and similar instances the schools have broken no laws. Both may be right. How can…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Vouchers, Educational Finance
Eckes, Suzanne E. – Principal Leadership, 2013
Some courts have upheld school districts' decisions to discipline teachers for their behaviors outside of school if there was a connection back to the school. Specifically, many courts have adopted a nexus theory that suggests that a teacher's off-duty conduct might have a negative impact on his or her teaching effectiveness.…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Principals, Teacher Behavior, Leisure Time
Eckes, Suzanne E. – Principal Leadership, 2013
Imagine a teacher who posted pictures of their favorite presidential candidate during the election season or a teacher who displayed a poster with the tenets of Scientology in the classroom. At issue in those scenarios is the extent to which teachers' expression in the classroom is protected by the First Amendment. This column focuses on a recent…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, School Policy, Religious Factors, Court Litigation
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Eckes, Suzanne E.; Mead, Julie; Ulm, Jessica – Peabody Journal of Education, 2016
Some private, religious schools that accept vouchers have been accused of discriminating against certain populations of students through their admissions processes. Discriminating against disfavored groups (e.g., racial minorities, LGBT students, students with disabilities, religious minorities) in voucher programs raises both legal and policy…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Educational Discrimination, Private Schools, Parochial Schools
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Eckes, Suzanne E.; Plucker, Jonathan A. – Education and Urban Society, 2013
This article argues that one possible avenue for addressing and increasing student body diversity in charter schools may lie with the authorizer. In particular, we focus on the role of university-based authorizers, a group of sponsors that would appear to be especially concerned with educational opportunity given their faculties' traditional…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Charter Schools, Student Diversity, Agency Role
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Lewis, Maria M.; Fetter-Harrott, Allison; Sun, Jeffrey C.; Eckes, Suzanne E. – Social Education, 2017
In recent years, LGBT case law and legislation has evolved in ways that significantly impact the everyday experiences of students and employees in the K-12 context. However, uncertainties remain and the fight for full equality continues. Understanding the legal landscape is crucial to being an effective advocate for change. This article examines…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Legal Responsibility, Public Schools, Sexual Orientation
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Eckes, Suzanne E. – Action in Teacher Education, 2008
The purpose of this article is to inform teachers, administrators, students, and university faculty about the most important legal topics to include in preservice teacher education programs. Surprisingly, only a few studies have attempted to identify the most important topics. This article reviews the relevant literature regarding school law…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Legal Problems, Teacher Education Programs
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Eckes, Suzanne E.; Fox, Robert A.; Buchanan, Nina K. – Journal of School Choice, 2011
A growing number of ethnocentric or culturally oriented niche charter schools have opened around the country. These ethnic or culture-oriented models raise legal and policy concerns about church/state entanglement as well as concerns about diversity. Indeed, there has already been litigation focused on racial and ethnic aspects of charter schools…
Descriptors: Race, Charter Schools, Research Methodology, Court Litigation
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Fox, Robert A.; Buchanan, Nina K.; Eckes, Suzanne E.; Basford, Letitia E. – Review of Research in Education, 2012
When first conceived, charter schools were envisioned as local projects initiated by parents and/or groups of teachers seeking to improve the educational performance of students. In the past two decades, the phenomenon has expanded to more than 5% of all U.S. public schools and almost 3% of all students (Center for Education Reform [CER], 2009).…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Goal Orientation, Educational Improvement, Ethnocentrism
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Eckes, Suzanne E. – Journal of School Choice, 2006
Despite the creeping resegregation of public schools, recent court decisions have been involved in the lifting of court-ordered desegregation decrees, which could arguably cause further segregation. When dismissing desegregation decrees, lower courts have relied on three U.S. Supreme Court decisions during the 1990s that permitted a lower standard…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Courts, Federal Regulation, Conflict
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Eckes, Suzanne E.; McCarthy, Martha M. – American Educational Research Journal, 2008
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) public school educators' rights have not been clearly delineated by the courts. As such, the outcomes in legal controversies involving adverse employment consequences based on teachers' sexual orientation have varied somewhat across jurisdictions and have been decided on a case-by-case basis. To…
Descriptors: Employees, Courts, Sexual Orientation, Court Litigation
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