School Law Advisor Blog

Federal Court Dismisses Administrator’s Constitutional Arguments on Validity of Contract Due to Lack of Contract Goals

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, recently decided a case where a Superintendent claimed that his 14th Amendment due process rights had been violated when he was dismissed after one year of service without a hearing.  42 U.S.C.

Third Circuit Case on Social Media Websites Limits Schools’ Ability to Punish Students

On June 13, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit issued two en banc opinions concerning school districts’ ability to punish students who created inappropriate Facebook or MySpace profiles parodying teachers.  The court held that the school districts could not punish the students because the profiles were created off school property and the First Amendment protects speech that is made outside the school.  Further, the profiles

Court of Appeals Affirms Lower Court’s Ruling That High School Coach Was a Volunteer under FLSA

On March 10, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that a School Board in Virginia did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) when it deemed its golf coach a volunteer within the meaning of the FLSA.  Purdham v. Fairfax County Public Schools, 629 F. Supp. 2d 544 (E.D. Va.