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Goss v. Lopez


In Goss v. Lopez, the Supreme Court ruled that students have both a "property interest" and a "liberty interest" in public education.

According to Ohio law, a public school principal could suspend students for up to ten days without a hearing. A group of Columbus, Ohio high school students, who had been suspended from school for misconduct, brought a class action suit against school officials on the grounds that their constitutional rights had been violated. They sought to have Ohio's public school suspension statute declared unconstitutional and to have the suspensions removed from their official records.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980Goss v. Lopez - Significance, The Lower Court Rulings, The Majority's Argument, The Dissent, Further Readings