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In a case of a headline being ripped straight from an episode of The Good Wife, a company that manages for-profit colleges has agreed to forgive over $102.8 million in student loan debt. Education Management Corporation (EDMC) reached a settlement with 39 state attorneys general to rescind debt owed by more than 80,000 former students nationwide.

EDMC was accused of using "high-pressure" recruitment tactics, giving inaccurate information about some of their programs' accreditation, and misrepresenting its colleges' educational benefits, job placement rates, and graduation rates. The company will pay $95 million to the federal government, who backed the loans.

We normally think of bullying as an activity confined to the playground. But it turns out it can happen in the classroom, too. And the aggressors aren't always fellow students -- teachers have also been known to be bullies.

The vast majority of teachers are caring, conscientious, and hard-working. But every bunch has a few bad apples, and some teachers can take educational encouragement too far. So what can you do if you find out a teacher is bullying your child?

Student Rights: Can I Get Searched at School?

Students do have constitutional rights but they are limited. Public school students have an expectation of privacy for their property but can be searched when authorities have a reasonable suspicion of illegality.

Student rights balance the demands of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution with public school authorities' need to maintain school order and discipline. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. Still, students -- and particularly in private schools -- can be searched, and more easily than adults.

October 5 is World Teachers' Day, and we're celebrating our favorite educators by taking a look at the rights of teachers in public schools.

From discrimination and academic freedom to union membership and collective bargaining, teachers occupy a unique place, both professionally and legally.

Speaking Up for Special Needs: Autism Discrimination in Public Schools

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability that impacts one in 68 children born in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Kids who suffer from ASD have difficulties with emotional expression, communication, and appropriate behavior, making them difficult to manage.

But autistic children are entitled to attend public school and receive an appropriate education, and there are legal protections in place to ensure this. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees free education to children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment possible, so schools must accommodate an autistic child in order to receive federal funding.

Try as we might, even the most attentive students can miss an important point during a class or lecture. Or you might be a parent worried about what a teacher is saying or doing in your child's classroom. Now that digital recorders are fairly small and inexpensive, and every cell phone has a sound recording option, it would seem this problem is easily fixed by just recording the teacher or professor, and then replaying it later.

As it turns out, however, many states have laws prohibiting recording someone without their consent. Does this extend to teachers and classrooms?

Last year, the Obama administration highlighted the disparate rates at which white students and students of color were disciplined, and called on schools to reduce the racial disparity in school discipline. But some teachers and administrators were unhappy that schools themselves could face discipline if they failed to close the racial disciplinary gap.

So should schools take race into account when they discipline students? Could the disparity in discipline show that they already are? And what could happen to schools if they don't?

It's back-to-school time and that means back to the teachers we love. On the whole, teachers are hard-working, gracious, patient, and inspiring leaders doing double the work for half the pay and mentoring whole generations of students.

Every now and then, though, you run into a bad apple. And while these nightmare teachers may not spoil the whole bunch, they can spoil your day or year.

Perhaps the biggest arena in the vaccination debate has been schools, and whether they're allowed to require children to be vaccinated before attending. The argument over vaccines may seem new, but the Supreme Court, all the way back in 1905, ruled that states and school districts can make vaccination compulsory for school attendance.

With the first day of school around the corner, here's what parents need to know about the vaccine rule, any exceptions, and potential liability for not vaccinating their children.

Kids may not be excited about going to back to school and parents may not be too thrilled about the legal issues they might face with school starting.

But if you're proactive in addressing some potential educational and safety concerns, it could be smoother sailing into the school year for everyone.