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Education Law, Policy, and Practice

Front Cover - Education Law, Policy, and Practice

Fourth Edition 


Michael J. Kaufman
Loyola University, Chicago

Sherelyn R. Kaufman
Erikson Institute, Graduate School in Child Development

2018. 1128 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-8332-6.

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About the Book

Challenging students to question the political and philosophical assumptions underlying the law, Education Law, Policy, and Practice promotes a depth of understanding about the key cases and statutes. The authors integrate the law with policy and practice, following related political, financial, and practical issues. The law is presented through a teachable mix of key cases and materials on the practice and political aspects of school law, and an effective macro organization helps place topics into an integrated framework. Each of the major issues in education law is discussed at length:  the boundaries of public and private, church and state, relations; school governance and the tensions between federal power and local control; the rights and responsibilities of students and teachers; and the educational environment and its liabilities. “Practicums” in each section allow students to apply the law to realistic situations. A helpful Teacher’s Manual provides a clear synopsis for every case in the book, answers to the questions at the end of cases, strategies for discussing and resolving the Practicums, additional teaching techniques, and alternative syllabi.

Hallmark features of Education Law, Policy, and Practice:
  • Provides depth of understanding about key cases and statutes in Education Law
  • Challenges students to question political and philosophical assumptions underlying the law
  • Integrates law with policy and practice, following related  political, financial, and practical issues 
  • Provides mix of key cases and materials on the practice and political aspects of school law
  • Utilizes an effective macro organization that helps professors and students place topics into an integrated framework
  • Covers the major issues in education law:
o Boundaries of public and private, church and state, relations
o School governance and the tensions between federal power and local control
o The rights and responsibilities of students 
o Equal protection
o Affirmative action 
o Special education
o The educational environment and its liabilities
o Rights and responsibilities of teachers

  • Focuses on Federal Law, reflecting the importance of constitutional decisions in this area 
  • Presents a clear synopsis for every case in the book 
  • Includes “Practicums,” which allow students to apply the law to realistic situations
  • Teacher’s Manual  with:
o Answers to the questions at the end of cases
o Additional teaching techniques and alternative syllabi
o Strategies for discussing and resolving Practicums

Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition presents:

  • New cases: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District; Fisher v. the University of Texas
  • A complete description and analysis of the brand new Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
  • A series of key questions and answers after each major section which are designed to provide formative and summative assessments of student learning outcomes
  • Authorities addressing controversial issues (such as racial desegregation, religion in schools, privatization, vouchers, school choice, charter schools, affirmative action, sexual violence, sexual harassment and gender discrimination, inadequate and inequitable school funding, access to early childhood education programs, teacher rights and responsibilities, student rights and responsibilities, student discipline and restorative justice, bullying, cyberbullying, student protests, student harassment and speech codes, federalism, local control, school governance, accountability, and special education), including:
o New data regarding inequities in educational resources
o New data regarding early childhood education and judicial and legislative developments
o Materials regarding the Department of Education's new Guidance on student discipline, zero tolerance and restorative justice
o Materials regarding the Department of Education's new Guidance on Title IX compliance in the area of sexual violence and assault
o New materials on charter schools and voucher programs
o New neuroscience and brain research regarding educational best practices
o New materials on public-private school partnerships and pay for success regimes