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Education Law & Policy
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Type

LEC

Credits

3 cr.

Senior Writing

Yes

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

The Supreme Court has famously said that “education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments,” and Americans consistently rank K-12 education as the one of the most important issues they want policymakers to address. Yet K-12 education is also one of the nation’s most contentious policy arenas. Education law stands at the center of these policy debates, and in this seminar students will be exposed to the many ways in which K-12 education is shaped by law. Topics to be covered include: the structure of education law and governance; the distinctions between public, private, and home schooling; the interplay of federal, state, and local laws; religion and public schooling; charter schools and school choice vouchers; school boards; segregation; students’ rights; and teachers’ rights and teacher unions. In addition to case law, students will consider policy perspectives on school reform. Several guest speakers are planned, and students will be encouraged to link law and real-world education policy. Students will be required to complete a paper (minimum 25 pages), as well as be active participants in course discussions.
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Fall 2014: Education Law & Policy

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

In recognition of the combined importance of law and policy in the design of the American system of K-12 education and human development, this course explores the legal, fiscal, and political essentials of education policy design, including the roles of state constitutions, the federal government, governors, legislatures, courts, advocacy organizations, parents, teachers and students. To help identify the notable elements of the design of the American system, the course will draw on materials providing international comparisons. Society’s expectations for education and human development have been and are constantly changing. Consequently, the course deals with the process of education law and policy change, including school integration, the inclusion of students with disabilities, educational standards, testing, and current calls for education reform. We will also consider the role of policy analysis and new discoveries in neuroscience and psychology in guiding improvements in human development policy design.

Course readings will include judicial decisions, statutes, policy analyses, and journalistic accounts of education and human development law and policy. Classes will consist of active student discussion of legal and policy design issues, presentations by guest speakers who are active practitioners in education law and policy and presentation of group research projects.

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Fall 2013: Education Law & Policy

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

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Documents and Readings:

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  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
    Location: On Order
  • Point Made: How to Write Like the Nations's Top Advocates
    Location: Reserve Stacks
    Author(s): Guberman, Ross
    Call Number: KF251 .G83 2011
    Barcode: 31951D02861764W
    ISBN 13: 9780195394870