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Joshua Dunn is professor of political science at the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs. His research focuses on judicial policymaking and in particular the influence of the courts on education. He is the author of Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins (University of North Carolina Press 2008) and the co-editor, with Martin West, of From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education (Brookings 2009). He also authors a quarterly article on law and education for Education Next.

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Supreme Court Skeptical in Affirmative Action Cases

No Civil War over oboe players, Chief Roberts reminds Harvard’s lawyer
West Virginia circut court judge Joanna Tabit

In West Virginia, Scholarship Program Faces a Legal Challenge

Defeated in legislatures, school-choice opponents look to courts
Dave and Amy Carson with their daughter at Bangor Christian Schools in Maine. The Carsons are one of three families that sued Maine over a program that bans families from an otherwise generally available student-aid program if they choose to send their children to schools that teach religion. (Photo by the Institute for Justice www.ij.org.)

In Carson v. Makin, Justices Prolong Death of Blaine Amendments, but Don’t Quite Finish the Job

Supreme Court majority rules that Maine can’t exclude religious schools from tuitioning program
Striking Minneapolis teachers rallied in March 2022 at the state capitol.

Minneapolis Tries to Protect Minority Teachers from Layoffs

New contract was worded with care, but faces legal peril as unduly race-based

Coach’s Prayer Receives Jesuitical Analysis by Supreme Court

A “center of attention” test, coercion test, and endorsement test are discussed as standards for religious speech by school employees
A man reads a copy of Maus by Art Spiegelman

Suits Challenging Book “Banning” May Be Better Politics than Law

School boards can’t suppress ideas they dislike but do have “broad discretion”
Dave and Amy Carson with their daughter at Bangor Christian Schools in Maine. The Carsons are one of three families that sued Maine over a program that bans families from an otherwise generally available student-aid program if they choose to send their children to schools that teach religion. (Photo by the Institute for Justice www.ij.org.)

Supreme Court Oral Argument in Carson v. Makin Sends Hopeful Signal for Religious School Aid

Justices May Drop Distinction Between Religious Status and Use, Sending State Blaine Amendments To Scrap Heap
The Hile family is among those suing, seeking the ability to use their Michigan 529 savings plan to pay tuition at a private Christian school.

Blaine Fights Back

Michigan families sue, seeking the ability to use their 529 savings accounts to pay for tuition at private religious schools.
The Aztec Gods Tezcatlipoca, Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, and Xipe Totek, as depicted in the Codex Telleriano Remensis.

A Human Sacrifice Too Far

Californians sue to stop Aztec prayer in public school ethnic-studies classrooms

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