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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education

Decided May 24, 1999

526 U.S. 629

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/526/629.html

Decision

Schools and universities receiving federal funds may be held liable and forced to pay money damages to students who are sexually harassed by other students. To win damages, victims must show that teachers or school officials knew about the harassment but were “deliberately indifferent” to it and that the harassment was so pervasive, persistent, and offensive that it interfered with the victim's access to the education available at the school.

Background

The 1972 federal law known as Title IX prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex” at any educational institution that receives federal financial assistance. Because virtually all public elementary and secondary schools, and many universities, receive federal funds, the ...

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