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…)

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…)

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…)

Is There a Right to Education?

Do Michigan students have a right to education?Do Michigan students have a right to education? Top students’ rights advocates have taken on this important issue, but earlier this month, their efforts hit a road block. (more…)

Ferndale Schools Close Digital Learning Center over Gun Incident

Gun Incident Closes Ferndale Digital Learning CenterIt may be easy to tune out school violence on the news, but when it happens in your own back yard it can become impossible to ignore. For the Ferndale School District, a recent near miss has sent a clear message. On November 7, 2014, the district announced it would close its Digital Learning Center.

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Teens Suspended for Homecoming Airsoft Photo

Students Suspended for AirSoft Homecoming Photo

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Has America become so super-sensitized to school shootings that the words gun and school can’t be safely used together? This may sound like an overstatement, but recently 2 teens were suspended for pairing AirSoft pellet guns with the word “Homecoming 2014.” But did the school go too far? (more…)