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

March 05, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

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 … ...

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

November 02, 2011 | By BRIAN HODGES

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 ...

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Vero Beach High School has a First Amendment problem

June 07, 2017 | By MARK MILLER

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 … ...

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Teaching the teachers about the First Amendment

June 19, 2017 | By MARK MILLER

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Legal Foundation, today officials at Vero Beach High School and the Indian River County School Board have finally withdrawn all punishment of student J.P. Krause – a rising senior whom they unlawfully penalized for the “offense” of delivering a tongue-in-cheek speech in his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

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

May 18, 2018 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

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 th ...