Links: Landmark Supreme Court Cases for & about Students

Landmark Supreme Court Cases For & About Students

(In Chronological Order)

Brown v. Board of Education (1954) – Equal Protection, 14th Amendment

Engel v. Vitale (1962) – Prayer in public schools

Kent v. United States (1966) – Teens tried as adults

Tinker v. Des Moines School District  (1969) – Political speech in school

Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972) – Religious exception to mandatory school after 8th grade

San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1972) – No Constitutional right to an education, thus funding does not have to be equal

Ingraham v. Wright (1977) – Corporal punishment in school

New Jersey v. TLO (1985) – Search and seizure in schools/Reasonable Suspicion threshold

Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988) – Schools can censor student newspapers

DeShaney v. Winnebago County Social Services (1989) – The Constitution doesn’t protect kids from their parents

West Side Community Schools v. Mergens (1990) – Student religious clubs allowed in schools

Vernonia School District v. Acton (1995) – (an Oregon case!) Schools can require random drug testing for athletes

U.S. v. Lopez (1995) – No federal authority to ban guns in school zones

Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe (2000) – Prayers before school activities (like football games)

Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) – Affirmative action – colleges can use race as an admissions factor