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Court rules student strip search illegal

By Erika Owens on Jun 25, 2009 10:50 AM

Thursday the Supreme Court ruled that the strip search of a teenage girl, who was suspected of having ibuprofen, was illegal. The ruling was an 8-1 verdict that school officials violated the law, but the Court kicked back to lower courts the issue of if the school officials can be held liable in a lawsuit. Justice Ginsburg dissented from that second point, along with Justice Stevens, stating "Wilson's treatment of Redding was abusive and it was not reasonable for him to believe that the law permitted it."

Len Rieser blogged about the case when it was heard at the Court in April. Check back soon for more about this case and other education law cases being decided by the Court.

ETA: The article now also includes a reference to Horne v. Flores, a case from Arizona about English language learning education. In a 5-4 decision the Court ruled that a federal court's supervision of ELL services overstepped the court's bounds. Len also blogged about this case in his post from April. CNN has a more involved look at this decision.

 

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Comments (2)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 25, 2009 12:35 pm

The Supremes finally get one right!

Now, they need to go back and correct themselves on the decision that student random drug testing in schools is OK.

Submitted by Erika Owens on June 29, 2009 10:00 am

Chief Justice Roberts sheds some light on recent education rulings: "You can't expect to get a whole list of regulations from the Supreme Court. That would be bad," Roberts said. "We wouldn't do a good job at it."

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