MELS 603 Newsletter

News for the week of October 15

GOSS VS. LOPEZ

Important court case in education because it stated that students have the right to Due Process given in the Fourteenth Amendment. Decision was handed down January 22, 1975.

Court Decision

Students Won!

Lopez and Crome joined other students and sued the Columbus Board of Education and the Columbus Public School System. Their intent was to get rid of an Ohio State law that allowed principals to suspend students without a hearing. The students claimed that the law violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The students won and the school system appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court.


With a 5-4 decision, the U. S. Supreme Court also ruled in favor of the students. The Court stated that students were citizens just like adults and were protected by the Due Process Clause at school just as it protects all citizens.