Education Benefits

The Second Circuit ruled that a lower court improperly rejected a girl’s request for a preliminary injunction to require Vermont’s Agency of Education to allow her to access benefits pending adjudication of her claims alleging the dual enrollment program, which pays for high schoolers to take college courses, violated her rights with its requirement that her private school tuition be “publicly funded.”

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School Closures

The Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of nine Christian schools challenging Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s resolution closing every school in the county for in-person education for grades 7-12. The court granted the schools an injunction, finding that the closure orders violate their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

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Shooting Threat

A California appeals court upheld a finding that a high school student made criminal threats when he posted a photo of a replica gun on his Snapchat account and threatened to bring a gun to school the next day. The student claimed he was joking, but “it can be inferred from the way” the social media app works that the juvenile “intended many people to see it, and he must have been aware that anyone who saw it might feel threatened.”

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