May It Please the Court

Courts, Kids, and the Constitution: Live Recordings and Transcripts of Sixteen Supreme Court Oral Arguments on the Constitutional Rights of Students and Teachers
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This sequel to the bestselling May It Please the Court focuses on Supreme Court cases involving the constitutional rights of students and teachers.

In many towns and cities, public schools become the arena in which conflicts that begin in homes, churches, and meeting halls are fought. Sixteen historic cases, twelve never before published, explore issues including school prayer, newspaper and library censorship, political protest by students, drug testing of student athletes, illegal aliens in the classroom, and corporal punishment inflicted by teachers. Like the original May It Please the Court, this set includes narrated recordings of actual oral arguments made before the Supreme Court along with a book of transcripts identifying the speakers and putting the cases in context.

Featuring nationally known figures, including attorney Kenneth Starr and Justices Thurgood Marshall and Earl Warren, these recordings offer an unrivaled view of the Supreme Court and an unparalleled opportunity to explore some of the most explosive constitutional debates of our time.

Cases included:

  • School District of Abington Township v. Schempp (school prayer)
  • Tinker v. Des Moines School District (wearing black armbands in school)
  • Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur (mandatory maternity leave for teachers)
  • Milliken, Governor of Michigan v. Bradley (busing for racial balance)
  • Goss, Superintendent of Schools v. Lopez (due process hearings for suspended students)
  • Ingraham v. Wright, School Principal (corporal punishment)
  • Plyler, Superintendent of Schools v. Doe (barring “illegal alien” students)
  • Board of Education, Island Trees School District v. Pico (book censorship in school libraries)
  • New Jersey v. TLO (searching student belongings)
  • Bethel School District v. Fraser (“vulgar” speech)
  • Edwards, Governor of Louisiana v. Aguillard (evolution versus creationism in schools)
  • Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (censoring high school newspapers)
  • Board of Education, Westside Schools v. Mergens (religious clubs)
  • Lee, School Principal v. Weisman (school prayer)
  • Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District (sign-language interpreter)
  • Vernonia School District v. Acton (drug testing for athletes)
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