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Boyertown School District's transgender restroom policy will stand after denial from SCOTUS

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 3, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Boyertown Area School District’s policy of allowing transgender students to use the restroom facilities corresponding to their gender identity.

Christianity club settles suit with Mechanicsburg School District over distribution of Bibles on school grounds

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 30, 2019

HARRISBURG – A Christianity-focused student organization in Mechanicsburg has settled claims with the school district, superintendent and high school principal it sued, initially claiming its free speech was violated when it was denied the opportunity to distribute literature and Bibles in a school building.

Lawsuit: Philadelphia school kept 10-year-old handcuffed for five hours, caused asthma attack

By Brian Brueggemann | May 28, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia woman has filed a lawsuit alleging she was handcuffed and left in a conference room for hours when she was a 10-year-old at a Philadelphia school.

Case of fraternity hazing death in Poconos makes judges wonder if corporations can be banished from Pennsylvania

By John O'Brien | May 24, 2019

HARRISBURG – A fraternity has not convinced a Pennsylvania appellate court to order a new trial over the 2013 death of a freshman during a ritual known as “The Crossing” that took place in the Poconos, though the court has decided a ban on operating in the state went too far.

Judge denies motion to dismiss Pennridge High student's lawsuit regarding reports of sexual harassment

By Scott Holland | May 16, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which a female student alleged her school district in Perkasie failed to adequately respond to her reports of sexual harassment and depriving her right to equal access to an education under Title IX.

Court battle continues in case of North Allegheny PE teacher who was fired, then reinstated

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

PITTSBURGH – The North Allegheny School District asked the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County to vacate an arbitration award issued after a legal dispute that was sparked by a teacher’s firing.

High school drama: Three Oley Valley students file lawsuit after conflict with theater teacher

By Charmaine Little | May 10, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Oley Valley School District is facing a defamation lawsuit, among other claims, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for disciplining students after they made negative comments about the high school's drama director.

Lawsuit: Abuse, bullying at Valley Forge Military Academy

By Carrie Bradon | May 10, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – An Ohio man is suing a Wayne military academy over allegations he was subjected to abuse while a student there.

UPenn fights lawsuit, says causes outside its control led to student's 2016 suicide on train tracks

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 9, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – In opposing a lawsuit from the parents of a student at its Wharton School of Business who committed suicide three years ago, the University of Pennsylvania said the death was due to causes outside of its control.

Pittsburgh lawyer files two cases alleging assault on school buses

By Karen Kidd | Apr 30, 2019

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh law firm this year filed very similarly worded cases in the same common pleas court against two different school systems on behalf of mothers whose young children were allegedly assaulted on school buses last year.

Court denies class action status to parents accusing Philadelphia schools of offering inadequate translation services

By Charmaine Little | Apr 30, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a class certification for a group of parents and students suing the School District of Philadelphia for its allegedly subpar translation services.

Parent alleges York student suffered mental anguish when police officer took him home

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 23, 2019

HARRISBURG – The father of a former School District of the city of York student alleges the minor student's constitutional rights were violated when a school police officer took the child home and dropped the student off without verifying an adult was home.

Black students are suing the McKeesport Area School District, claiming superintendent 'stymied' efforts to form group

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 22, 2019

PITTSBURGH – A group of high school students and their parents are suing a school district over allegations the students' constitutional rights have been violated because they have not been permitted to operate a noncurricular student club for black students.

The Watson Institute sued by former employee fired over treatment of student

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing the Watson Institute, alleging that he was unfairly terminated from his workplace.

Waynesburg Central student files suit, says he was suspended for refusing urine test while suspected of being on drugs

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH —A student is suing his school, alleging that he was suspended from school when he refused to take a urine test under suspicion of being on drugs.

Class action against Glen Mills Schools seeks $10M for alleged abuse of students

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 12, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Juvenile Law Center, Education Law Center and Philadelphia law firm Dechert announced the filing of a $10 million class action lawsuit against Glen Mills Schools on Thursday, concerning allegations of abuse and educational neglect hundreds of its students suffered at the hands of facility staff, as well as a lack of oversight from education authorities.

Glen Mills lays off more than 250 as state removes boys from campus in wake of lawsuit, newspaper report

By John Severance | Apr 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – An abuse lawsuit filed by two students and their guardian against Glen Mills school is part of a series of events that includes layoffs and the removal of students from the campus.

Fired University of the Arts professor can proceed with lawsuit alleging civil rights violation

By Marian Johns | Apr 2, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania court has reviewed a case involving the investigation and firing of a former University of the Arts tenured professor who was accused of sexual harassment and is suing the school for defamation, breach of contract and violation of his civil rights.

'Significant waste and wrongdoing' at Cheyney University, says fired provost

By John Breslin | Mar 28, 2019

MEDIA - A former provost of Cheyney University is suing the institution over claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on waste and wrongdoing.

Commonwealth Court tells board to consider new data in revocation of Reading school's charter

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 25, 2019

HARRISBURG – A school district, which appealed of an appeal board decision regarding the charter status of a Reading school, has obtained a victory in court.

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