Expelled for Hate Speech? A Constitutional Question

University of Oklahoma expels students for hate speechRecently, a racist and hateful song led the University of Oklahoma to expel two students and shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat house. Now constitutional scholars across the country are throwing out their opinion about whether the students can be expelled for hate speech. (more…)

School as Democracy? Works in Colombia

Colombia setsan example for democracy in schoolsWhen you think of top countries for education reform, you may think of Japan, China, the U.S. or Finland. Colombia probably doesn’t make the list. But the country’s Escuela Nueva learning model is turning school into democracy and improving the education of countless Colombian children. (more…)

Top Schools: Did Your School District Make the List?

Niche Top School Districts Report is OutThe 2015 Niche Rankings are out for Michigan’s top school districts. Did your school make the list? (more…)

Federal Bill Would Protect LGBT Students Against Bullying

New Bill could protect against LGBT bullyingLast week, Representative Jared Polis introduced the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act. The bill, if passed would protect LGBT students against bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity by tying protection to federal school funding. (more…)

Michigan LGBT Civil Rights Debate Heats Up – Again

LGBT Civil Rights in 20152014 was a busy year for LGBT Civil Rights. With two lawsuits for gay marriage and bills to amend Michigan’s Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act, advocates had their work cut out for them. December didn’t end the battle. 2015 promises to heat up the LGBT Civil Rights debate – again. (more…)

Am I Allowed to Attend School Board Meetings?

Am I allowed to attend school board meetings?As a parent, you are probably very invested in your child’s education. If something unpleasant happens in the school district, you may even want to get involved. But could the administrators tell you that you can’t attend school board meetings? (more…)

US Supreme Court to Hear Michigan Gay Marriage Case

Supreme Court grants cert to gay marriage casesThe word came down on January 16, 2014: the US Supreme Court had granted certiorari to¬†four gay marriage cases on appeal from the 6th Circuit. But what does that mean for couples? And could the Court’s order hint at its eventual ruling? (more…)

UPDATED: Federal Court Upholds 300+ Michigan Gay Marriages

Federal Court Upholds Michigan Gay MarriagesIn March 2014, gay marriage was legal in Michigan for just about 24 hours. That day, 300+ couples hurried to get married before the Court of Appeals issued a stay on the lower court decision. Now another judge has ruled that those marriages were valid and must be recognized. (more…)

Student’s Rap Deemed Free Speech

Student's Rap is Protected Free Speech“Middle fingers up if you want to cap that nigga.” Threat, or speech? According to a recent Court of Appeals decision, this student’s rap song against two teachers was constitutionally protected free speech. (more…)

Michigan Senate Approves Cyberbullying Ban

Michigan Senate Approves Cyberbullying BanThe Michigan House of Representatives hasn’t given civil rights advocates much to smile about recently. But the Michigan Senate has just passed a bill that would, if approved by the house, strengthen protections for students against cyberbullying and hold schools accountable. (more…)