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May 18, 2018

Government is blocking Black kids from great schools while seats sit empty

In February, eight Black and Hispanic families filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Connecticut State Department of Education's race-based enrollment quotas for Hartford's magnet schools. This policy mandates that 25% of a magnet school's seats be reserved for white and Asian students. This quota is so inflexible and rigid that schools are req ...

June 19, 2017

Teaching the teachers about the First Amendment

Following a warning letter from Pacific Legal Foundation, today officials at Vero Beach High School and the Indian River County School Board have finally withdrawn all punishment of student J.P. Krause – a rising senior whom they unlawfully penalized for the "offense" of delivering a tongue-in-cheek speech in his successful candidacy for student ...

June 07, 2017

Vero Beach High School has a First Amendment problem

Vero Beach High School, a public high school on the east coast of Florida, has a First Amendment problem. The school failed to respect it. And now a student—J.P. Krause, a top student, rising senior, our client, and the young man who should serve as VBHS senior class president in the coming school year—understands better why the ...

November 02, 2011

Did the Ninth Circuit just bankrupt Washington's public schools?

The Ninth Circuit rattled the entire timber industry earlier this year when it held that channeled runoff from forest roads must be regulated as industrial discharge in Northwest Environmental Defense Center v. Brown.  That’s because the court’s decision could force the forest products sector – from large corporations to small pr ...

March 05, 2010

Doe v. Kamehameha Schools: "Kill Haole Day" is not a reasonable concern

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda For anyone unfamiliar with Native Hawaiian language, a "haole" is a term used to describe a foreigner, especially a white person. Over time, it has become a derogatory slang term to be used in contempt of white people. See here. While some Native Hawaiians may use the term in contempt, others ...