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Law, Public Education, and Equality of Opportunity Seminar
Professor W. Taylor
J.D. Seminar 288 | 3 credit hours
This seminar reviews the major changes in public school systems brought about over the past three decades by court decisions and legislative actions mandating equal or fair treatment for minority, female, disabled, and low-income students. The subjects to be examined include school desegregation, bilingual education, mainstreaming for disabled children, equity in school finance, standards-based reform, ability grouping and other forms of classification, and competency testing. In the course of this review, we confront issues involving the appropriate distribution of authority among parents, students, teachers, administrators, legislators, and courts; the use of social science evidence in litigation; and knotty problems of remedy. We will consider issues related to the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Law if that legislation is still pending in 2011.
Recommended: Civil Rights and Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights and Liberties.
Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and Public School Reform: Policy, Practice and the Law Seminar; or Education Law and Policy; or Constitutional Values and the American Public School Seminar.
This course requires a paper. Students must register for the 3 credit section of the course if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement. The paper requirements of the 2 credit section will not fulfill the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement.