Court clarifies privacy law

The Supreme Court in February unanimously upheld the right of schools to engage in the common practice of having students grade one another’s work in the classroom, which the Court ruled does not violate federal privacy statutes.

Cases target secret meetings

Around the country, school board members and college administrators are being threatened with harsh punishments for illegally conducting business behind closed doors.

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In what may be an unprecedented action, five former Las Cruces school board members are facing criminal charges for alleged open-meetings violations.

Ark. high court rules song was ‘true threat’

ARKANSAS — Basing its decision on an earlier Arkansas case, the state supreme court in January ruled that a Fayetteville High School student's rap lyrics constituted a "true threat" of physical violence, upholding a juvenile court's criminal conviction of the student.

Fayetteville student Blake Jones was charged with terroristic threatening, a felony, after his former friend Allison Arnold said she felt threatened by violent rap lyrics he had written and given her.

Blake's lyrics – styled after those of rapper Eminem – presented a true threat to Arnold, the court decided, because they were specifically written about and delivered to her.