The Supreme Court curbed federal oversight of schools. It’s a big deal.

Andrew Davis wanted protection after other students carved homophobic slurs into the door of his college dorm room.

Sydney Greenway hoped to avoid spending a week’s grocery money on another textbook.

Tashiana Bryant-Myrick sought relief from the student debt hobbling her family’s future.

For years, the U.S. Department of Education has been able to intervene to some degree in these scenarios. But a Supreme Court decision handed down just over a week ago reined in the agency’s power to help everyday people. The news came as important deadlines loom for schools to implement key regulations, many of which now stand on shakier legal ground.

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