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According to Courthouse News, there has been an unprecedented surge in interest for homeschooling children, based on the decline in funding for public schools, bullying issues, and recent mass school shootings. Courthouse News was also careful to point out that the largely unregulated nature of homeschooling has led to instances of child abuse, and a number of mass killers, Mark Anthony Conditt and Adam Lanza among them, have been homeschooled.

If you're a parent considering homeschooling your children, you've got a lot of things to think about, from time for teaching to testing requirements. Here are three legal considerations to think about as well:

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In almost all those states, the user must be an adult, over the age of 18. And while most of us are OK with adults having a joint like they would a cigarette or a beer, we might be taken aback by school nurses giving students weed. After all, aren't schools drug free zones?

Perhaps no longer in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize it. A Colorado law allowing school nurses to administer medical marijuana just passed an important House committee vote, the bill will now move to the House for debate.

It's unfortunate, but it seems that our new reality is that school violence can happen at any school and at any time. But, there may be certain actions we can all take to reduce, and maybe even eliminate, such tragedies from occurring. In fact, the California Supreme Court has ruled that colleges have a duty to protect their students from foreseeable violence in the classroom.

Do Students Have Legal Rights to Protest During School?

Although it may not always feel like it, students do have certain rights at school. These student rights are generally in line with the rights afforded to all U.S. citizens by the U.S. Constitution. But, when in school, students do have limitations to those rights.

For example, while students have a general right to privacy, this right ends if there are safety concerns. And although students don't lose their First Amendment right to free speech when they walk through the door of their school, there are limits to those rights. So, what legal rights do students really have at school, and is protesting during the school day one of those rights?

Student Loan Forgiveness Options May Disappear Under New Budget Plan

Higher education is important to many people, but it doesn't come cheap. In order to get a college or graduate degree, many people need student loans. Of course, the hope is that once you receive a degree, you'll be able to get a job, and repay your student loans.

However, this isn't as easy as it theoretically seems. For this reason, there are various repayment options for people who take out student loans. But, under President Trump's new spending plan proposal, there are many changes to repayment options for those who owe money for federal student loans.

A Duke University professor made waves last week when it was revealed that the syllabus for one of her courses included the warning: "Anyone who is on the staff of The Chronicle is not permitted to take this class." Members of the campus newspaper were rightfully miffed at the supposed ban, which, in the end, turned out to be a poorly worded attempt to stress confidentiality in the courses content.

But it does raise an interesting legal question about a professor's or a school's ability to ban certain students from specific courses. Is every class open to every student?

The morning of Monday, October 2, 2017, Windfern High School Principal Martha Strother witnessed senior student India Landry sitting during the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance over the school's intercom. Landry had allegedly been sitting through the pledge since her freshman year, "around 200 times in class through six or more teachers without incident." But Principal Strother's response on this occasion was curt and definitive: "Well you're kicked outta here."

Landry was expelled from Windfern High, told she would only be allowed to return if she "was going to stand for the pledge like the other African-American [sic] in her class," and finally readmitted after negative coverage of the expulsion from local news. All of which, and Landry's mother's lawsuit against the school district, begs the question: can public schools discipline students for peaceful protests?

Less than a year after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a federal lawsuit accusing the largest student loan servicing company in the country of "systemically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment," the Pennsylvania Attorney General followed suit, claiming loan servicing giant Navient "put their own profits ahead of the interests of millions of families across our country who are struggling to repay student loans."

Navient is in charge of some $300 billion in student loan debt after it split with Sallie Mae in 2014, and could be on the hook for that company's subprime student loans and loan servicing shenanigans.

Any time a 4.1 GPA student claims teachers and school administrators 'threatened, punished and censored her, for expressing her opinions on religion, abortion, sex education, and drug education in an attempt to chill, deter and restrict (her) from freely expressing her opinions,' you know it's not a good situation.

Cidney Fisk, a self-described atheist, claims she clashed with Delta High School staff on issues ranging from abortion and sex ed classes to football game attire, to the point that her grades were adjusted down and a counselor threatened to rescind letters of recommendation. Those threats led to anxiety attacks, and then a lawsuit against the school district, along with specific teachers and school staff.

Donald Trump's new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to rescind a six-year-old policy issued by Barack Obama's administration that advised colleges and universities on how to handle sexual assault allegations on campus. "Washington has burdened schools with increasingly elaborate and confusing guidelines that even lawyers find difficult to understand and navigate," DeVos told a crowd at George Mason University. "That's why we must do better, because the current approach isn't working."

But DeVos wasn't as clear about what the new approach would look like as she was about rebuking the old approach. So where does that leave victims, alleged abusers, and schools trying to meet their legal obligations?