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August 1, 2019

• In New York, the Governor signed a new law which prevents school districts from arming school staff who are not school resource officers, law enforcement officers, or security guards on school grounds.

• In Washington D.C., New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer and N...

June 20, 2019

• In Nebraska, to combat vaping, officials in the Fairbury Public School District will begin randomly testing students for nicotine.  Educators noticed an alarming increase in students sneaking puffs of e-cigarettes: in locker rooms, restrooms and elsewhere on school g...

June 7, 2019

In Mississippi, the United States District Court held that a former student’s threatened acts of violence against a high school were not protected speech under First Amendment. The court upheld the conviction after threats against a local High School were made on the “...

May 30, 2019

In Connecticut, the United States District Court held that an educator does not become an agent of police when he telephones local police, informs them about a threatening e-mail, and thereafter responds to police inquiries by giving them information about suspected st...

May 27, 2019

• In Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that the search of a student's cell phone without a warrant by school officials did not violate the Fourth Amendment.  The lower court held that, “a school official's search of a student's c...

May 15, 2019

  • In Pennsylvania, the United States District Court ruled that parents of a disabled child could not bring a lawsuit against a school district for releasing information about the disability for a juvenile delinquency proceeding.  The court held that neither FERPA nor HIP...

May 9, 2019

• In Vermont, the Supreme Court ruled that educators were not liable after a student committed suicide as a result of being assaulted by his teammates on the school football team.  The court held that schools owe students a duty of ordinary care and could not be held l...

May 3, 2019

• In California, the California Court of Appeal ruled that school officials may search the cell phone of a student when they have a reasonable belief that school rules have been violated.  The court affirmed the trial court ruling that the student’s cell phone was lawf...

April 26, 2019

In Louisiana, the Court of Appeal of Louisiana held that schools have a duty to provide reasonable, competent supervision appropriate to the age of the students. The court reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit by parents of a kindergartner who fractured her arm during re...

April 24, 2019

In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that negligence by school officials that renders the campus unsafe fall within the exception to governmental immunity.  The school was found liable for injuries to a student participating in a relay race during gym c...

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