A study of the legal aspects of education in America, including the policy principles for creating and maintaining public schools, private schools, home schools, and charter schools. Topics covered include school finance, tort liability, student rights, personnel administration, civil rights, higher education, religious expression, free speech, and voucher programs.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of US law on issues of education.
- Delineate the application of legal principles to its appropriate system—primary, secondary, higher education, private school, and home school.
- Understand the manner in which public education is organized and regulated.
- Show conversancy with the manner in which private sector education is regulated.
- Explain US cases and statutes.
- Demonstrate written legal analysis ability in final research paper.
- Recognize and articulate critical issues of justice in relationship to law.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ethical, and professional responsibilities of lawyers and policymakers in the system of education in America.
- Demonstrate awareness of the emerging education reform issues and state their own position in light of the reform proposals.