student rights

School district requiring iPads backtracks on policy limiting use by students who borrow them

ACLU: Policy denied equal access to education.

ACLU says Boston College cannot discipline students providing condoms

Statement by Sarah Wunsch, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes demonstrates the dangers of sex-segregated education

"Today, we are sending demand letters to school districts in Florida, Maine, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama insisting that they take steps to end single-sex programs that rely on and promote archaic and harmful sex stereotypes, and we’re launching a new campaign called Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes to drive the point home."

Why is sex-segregated schooling so limiting?

"Social scientists have found that separating students by sex simply makes the contrast between the sexes more salient. And, when you look at what the proponents of single-sex classrooms are preaching, it’s easy to see the world segregated classrooms can create.   Take Dr. Leonard Sax, who suggests that a boy who likes to read, does not enjoy contact sports, and does not have a lot of close male friends has a problem, even if he thinks he is happy, and that such a boy should be firmly disciplined, required to spend time with “normal males,” and made to play sports. Yikes!"

Read the rest of the post for more old-school lunacy, and this post for more information and arguments against the practice.

In schools with hammers, guess what kids become

Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for

To a person wielding a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. So it's no surprise that when you put a bunch of armed cops into public schools, they start arresting kids for behaviors such as swearing, banging lockers, and throwing tantrums--behavior that is nothing new but that, once upon a time, parents and school officials used to handle.

Study finds three Massachusetts cities overuse arrests at schools

Ground-breaking report on Springfield, Worcester, and Boston schools by ACLU and Citizens for Juvenile Justice uncovers significant racial disparities as well as arrests for disruptions once handled by schools and parents.