U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead Saturday at age 79, brought his conservative and originalist outlook to scores of education cases during his nearly three decades on the high court.
On the major education cases of his era, Scalia consistently voted against the consideration of race in higher education and K-12 schools, backed a low wall of separation between church and state, and generally favored school administrators over students and their rights.
Scalia was found dead on Saturday morning at a ranch resort in west Texas. A cause of death was not immediately reported. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued a statement that said Scalia “was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served.”
Read more at Education Week’s The School Law Blog.