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Student Organizations File Amicus Brief in Critical Supreme Court Student Free Speech Case

Student Voice |

Student Voice, Kentucky Student Voice Team (KSVT), Houston Independent School District Student Congress (HISD StuCon) and March For Our Lives, four grassroots student-led organizations working to elevate student voice at the national, state and local levels, have filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. to

‘Disturbing reports’ about Seattle schools spark civil-rights probe by U.S. Department of Education

Hannah Furfaro, Dahlia Bazzaz, Seattle Times |

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating Seattle Public Schools after “disturbing reports” about how the district handled special education during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter sent to Superintendent Denise Juneau this week, department officials cite concerns that some students went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren’t allowed to provide it.

Complaints prompt federal investigation into special education in Indiana during pandemic

Stephanie Wang, Chalkbeat Indiana |

Federal investigators are examining whether Indiana has failed to provide appropriate special education services through remote learning during the pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened the investigation this week because of multiple complaints filed with the state that schools’ virtual learning plans did not include individualized services for students with disabilities.

Schools, employees posting views on national events; some not covered by 1st Amendment

Lisa Rantala, WSYX |

Amid the siege of the U.S. Capitol, Reynoldsburg City Schools Superintendent Dr. Melvin Brown tweeted, “If you have failed the understand the definition of privilege, it’s on display in D.C.”

The post was liked and retweeted hundreds of times. However, a parent contacted ABC 6 On Your Side to indicate they had filed a complaint with the Ohio Department of Education as they felt the tweet violated the state’s Educator’s Code of Professional Conduct.

Convicted former Cleveland, Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett allegedly steered $6.3 million contract to friends, inspector general report finds

Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com |

Former Cleveland and Chicago public schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, still serving a sentence for a kickback scheme, was also allegedly involved in a plan to direct a $6 million contract to friends, according to a report from the inspector general.

Byrd-Bennett, who led the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from 1998 to 2006, is under house arrest after leaving prison to serve the rest of a four-and-a-half year sentence after pleading guilty for guiding $20 million in contracts to a former employer, in violation of school contract rules.

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