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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.

Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

Decided January 13, 1988

484 U.S. 260

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/484/260.html

Decision

School officials have the power to regulate the content of student newspapers that are school supported, so long as their actions are “reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.” The First Amendment does not require public school officials to tolerate student speech that is inconsistent with the school's educational mission.

Background

In the Supreme Court's classic description of the rights of students, the opinion in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) said that students and teachers do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” (See Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.)

But in the years after that decision, the Court and school ...

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