Federal Court in Wilkes-Barre Stops School from Disciplining Cheerleader for Off-campus Speech Yesterday, federal District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the Mahanoy School District from punishing one of its cheerleaders for an off-campus Snapchat post. The minor plaintiff, identified as “B.L.” is a sophomore at the Mahanoy Area High School…

14th Amendment Requires Schools to Protect High School football players from concussion injuries On September 21, 2017, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals filed a precedential opinion ruling that high school football players have a constitutional right to be protected from further harm after suffering a concussion injury on the field. Ironically, the School District…

A 15-year-old Connecticut student at a private boarding school in Connecticut (The Hotchkiss School) sued her school in federal court after she contracted tick-borne encephalitis on an educational trip to China the school organized. A jury awarded her $41.75 million. My first reaction to the headline, and maybe you share this view, was that the…

The Dilemma of Non-Uniform Tax Assessments The only thing certain for Pennsylvanians, at least in 2017, is death and real estate taxes. This adaptation of a famous quote was attributed to one of our greatest Pennsylvania residents, Benjamin Franklin. Amid efforts to entirely eliminate real estate taxes, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just addressed the issue…

School police did not violate 4th Amendment by Searching Student’s Bag The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously held on May 11, 2017 that a warrantless school search of a high school student’s unattended book bag was not an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment. The court held that such searches are justified by a school’s obligation…