Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform
Derek W. Black
University of South Carolina - School of Law
Robert A. Garda Jr.
Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law
John E. Taylor
West Virginia University College of Law
Emily Gold Waldman
Pace University - School of Law
May 25, 2013
WVU Law Research Paper No. 2013-10
Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform situates case law in the broader education world by including edited versions of federal policy guidance, seminal law review articles, social science studies, and policy reports. It offers comprehensive coverage of education law while also focusing specifically on equality and civil rights issues. It includes individual chapters on each major area of inequality: race, poverty, gender, disability, homelessness, and language status. Those chapters are followed by a structured approach to the complex first amendment questions, dividing the first amendment into three different chapters and addressing, in order, freedom of expression and thought, religion in schools, and the intersection of religion and freedom of expression with school curriculum. Two chapters relating to current educational reform — No Child Left Behind, Standardized Testing, Charter Schools, and Vouchers — close out the book.
Narrative introductions to every chapter, major section, and case synthesize and foreshadow the material to improve student comprehension and retention. Efficient presentation of carefully-edited cases and secondary sources permit comprehensive inclusion of case law and secondary issues. Student-friendly questions and notes follow each case. Hypothetical problems follow each subsection and draw on multiple skills: synthesis of law, factual application, fact gathering, professional judgment, and practical problem-solving skills. These problems can be modified for group exercises, class discussion, or writing assignments.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: education law, race, segregation, discrimination, gender, poverty, school finance,disability, special education, English Language Learners, English as a Second Language, Immigrant, Latino Student, Bilingual Education, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression, Sex Harassment, Religion, Charter School
Date posted: May 27, 2013 ; Last revised: September 16, 2014