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Israel: Court Rules Against Guaranteed Income for Students at Religious Institutes

(June 16, 2010) On June 14, 2010, Israel's High Court of Justice issued a ruling that ends the payment of a guaranteed income to certain students. The group affected is married men enrolled at advanced religious studies institutes. In 2009, the total funding for the program was NIS121 million (about US$25.8 million), and the payments […]

Cape Verde: New Law Will Require Journalists to Have a Degree

(May 5, 2010) A new Journalist Statute was approved by the Cape Verdean Parliament in April 2010 and must be voted on by the National Assembly in May 2010 before it can come into force. According to the approved Statute, in order to work as a journalist, a person will need to have a college […]

Japan: Public Support for High School Tuition

(May 3, 2010) On March 31, 2010, the Diet (Japan's parliament) enacted a law to subsidize all or part of high school tuition (Kōritsu kōtō gakkō ni kakaru jugyō ryō no fu chōshu oyobi kōtō gakkō tō shūgaku shien kin no shikyū ni kansuru hōritsu (hereinafter Tuition Law), Law No. 18 of 2010). Tuition for […]

India: Government Seeks to Implement Right to Education by Mid-2010

(Mar. 9, 2010) The Government of India recently announced that it will issue rules to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009, by mid-2010. The Constitution of India was amended in 2002 to make free and compulsory education for children 6 to 14 years old a fundamental right. In 2009, […]

Hong Kong: Disabled Student Takes Education Bureau to Court

(Aug. 11, 2009) Tong Wai-ting, an 18 year-old student with a mild form of mental retardation, is asking the Hong Kong High Court to overturn a decision to end his enrollment in high school. The Education Bureau had made that determination based on an age limit for students; Tong considers that limit discriminatory. The case, […]

United States: Supreme Court Reaffirms Right to Reimbursement for Private Special Education

(July 14, 2009) The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the legal right of parents to obtain reimbursement for the private education of children with learning disabilities, even when the child has not previously received special education services in the public schools. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide a “free appropriate […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendment to Teachers Act Addresses on Sexual Assaults

(May 4, 2009) On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May 24, 2006) that would give schools the authority to fire teachers found guilty of sexually assaulting […]

Sweden: New Law to Permit Suspending Students

(Apr. 17, 2009) Sweden's government is proposing a new law on discipline for school children. The Education Minister, Jan Björklund, has called for reforming the existing law, which became effective in 2006. That law allowed teachers to confiscate items that distracted students and permitted administrators to move disruptive students to other schools, but not to […]

Swaziland: Free Primary Education Declared Inviolable Constitutional Right

(Apr. 8, 2009) It was reported on March 25, 2009, that the Swaziland High Court upheld a suit brought by a labor support group, Swaziland National Ex-Miners Workers Union (SNEWA), in response to King Mswati III's February 2009 parliamentary address in which he stated that free education was not a feasible undertaking. The suit was […]

United States: Oregon Supreme Court Interprets State Constitution’s Requirement for Adequate Funding of Public Education

(Feb. 24, 2009) The Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled that the Oregon Constitution mandates funding of public education sufficient to meet quality goals, but does not give the court authority to enforce this mandate. Several school districts and public school students sought a declaratory judgment that article VII, section 8, of the Oregon Constitution, passed […]