Louisiana’s Ten Commandments Mandate for Schools Faces Legal Challenge as Parents Sue Over Constitutional Concerns

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to mandate that public schools display the Ten Commandments in every classroom, a measure signed into law by Governor Jeff Landry. This unprecedented move has sparked a legal battle as a lawsuit filed by a group of parents claims the requirement is unconstitutional. The law stipulates that from kindergarten through college, classrooms must showcase the biblical commandments on posters of at least 11 by 14 inches with text in a “large, easily readable font.” Additionally, a contextual statement must accompany the display, … Read more

California Enacts Law to Protect Students’ Choice on Pronoun Disclosure to Parents

Sacramento, Calif. — A new California law now prohibits school districts from mandating that schools inform parents if their children decide to change their pronouns. Signed into law recently, the legislation fortifies privacy protections for students navigating gender identity issues. This measure is part of a broader effort by California lawmakers to support and protect the rights of LGBTQ+ youth within the state’s educational system. It ensures that a student’s decision to change pronouns is not disclosed to parents without the student’s explicit consent, thereby providing a safeguard for students who may face non-acceptance or … Read more

Louisiana Parents Seek Court Halt on School Ten Commandments Mandate Before New Academic Year

BATON ROUGE, La. — A controversial new law in Louisiana mandating the posting of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms has sparked a legal battle, with a group of parents seeking to halt its implementation. These parents, whose children attend various public schools across the state and represent diverse religious backgrounds, have filed a request for a preliminary injunction in a federal court. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Jeff Landry last month, requires that a version of the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public school classroom. The plaintiffs, asserting that the mandate … Read more

Judge Allows Parents’ Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Prep School to Proceed in Teen’s Suicide Case

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A judge in Montgomery County has advanced a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of a teenager who committed suicide after withdrawing from an all-boys preparatory school in Maryland. The parents allege that the Landon School should have foreseen their son’s distress, potentially preventing his death. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Louis Leibowitz stated schools have a duty to mitigate risks of self-harm among students, aligning with community efforts toward detection and early intervention. The decision enables the suit, primarily focusing on the wrongful-death claim, to proceed toward a trial scheduled for next … Read more