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January 26, 2019

Weekly litigation report — January 26, 2019

PLF files reply brief to halt discriminatory admissions program in New York Schools Today Pacific Legal Foundation filed this reply  in support of the preliminary injunction motion in Christa McAuliffe PTO v. De Blasio, in which PLF asks the Court to stop De Blasio's discriminatory changes to the admissions process for New York Schools. For ...

June 14, 2017

Despite reversal, Vero Beach High School still in violation of the First Amendment

Yesterday, Indian River County School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell reversed Vero Beach High School's decision to disqualify PLF client, J.P. Krause, from the race for senior class president. "After careful review of all the circumstances surrounding the Vero Beach high School Student Government Association Senior Class President electio ...

October 22, 2016

Weekly litigation report

Individual Rights – Equal Protection. In the long-running saga of Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense and Small Business, a small business is challenging the racial classifications in Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of Equal Protection. That section sets a goal for the feder ...

August 25, 2016

It's Back to School Choice Week on Courting Liberty

PLF’s Director of Communications Harold Johnson is joined by PLF Principal Attorney Joshua Thompson to discuss Pacific Legal Foundation’s Back To School Choice Week. The conversation also highlights many of the ongoing cases in courts across the United States where PLF is working in the name of school choice. The week is designed to bri ...

February 08, 2016

RIP Andrew Coulson

Liberty lost one of her staunchest defenders yesterday morning, when Andrew Coulson passed away after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. Andrew was a Senior Fellow in education policy at the Cato Institute. In that position, Andrew researched, published,and advocated for school choice. I have long been an admirer of Andrew Coulson’s work ...

December 31, 2014

PLF fights for North Carolina children

With the new year comes new hopes and new opportunities. Perhaps nowhere is that more true than in North Carolina, where the Legislature recently enacted a new school choice program for low-income students. The Opportunity Scholarship Program allows low-income children to attend private schools of their parents’ choice through state-funded sc ...

August 28, 2014

New Hampshire school choice victory

This morning, the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the state’s landmark Education Tax Credit Program. The Program allows businesses to claim a tax credit on their tax bill for donations to tuition scholarship organizations approved by the state. Those organizations, in turn, provide scholarships to low-income students to attend public or ...

August 20, 2014

PLF's Jonathan Wood will be on Georgia and California radio tomorrow discussing school choice

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be joining the Athens Morning News with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant at 8:35 eastern (5:35 pacific). We’ll be discussing why school choice benefits students, parents, and taxpayers. The program will air on WGAU 1340 in Athens and can be heard online here. Later tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be on the Andy Caldwel ...

January 31, 2014

Lawsuit seeks to empower schools to fire bad teachers

Should California's schools be able to fire ineffective teachers? This is the subject of Vergara v. California, which asks the court to declare unconstitutional several California laws that hinder schools' ability to fire ineffective teachers. For example, one challenged law allows a school to tenure a teacher after only 18 months on the job. The ...

January 21, 2014

Feds threaten schools with disparate-impact liability

The Obama Administration recently sent a warning to the nation's schools to not racially discriminate against students.  The warning came in the form of a "dear colleague" letter, which explains how the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education interpret Titles IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The controversial part of the ...