Education Law (LAW-690-001)
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This course should more properly be called Education and Federal Law. For the spring 2017 semester, I plan to discuss the following areas of law – the importance of education under federal law; treatment of students by race and sex, including affirmative action, as analyzed under the Fourteenth Amendment and federal statutes; harassment of students by other students on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, or disability; education of students with disabilities under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act; First Amendment church and state issues in education; students’ rights, including freedom of speech; teachers’ rights; standards governing responses to threats of violence by students against other students or teachers; and perhaps parents’ rights. Some topics may change slightly as we progress through the semester and as important new issues arise, but these are my plans as of right now. What follows is the syllabus I used at the beginning of the spring 2016 course. Some cases will change for 2017, but this gives you a general idea of the reading and topics. Notably, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari in two cases involving critical issues arising under the IDEA, so I will be adding those cases to the syllabus. There will be a written examination at the end of the semester. Class participation is also considered as part of your final grade.
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