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About the Book

Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform

Front Cover - Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform

Derek Black, University of South Carolina

2013.  900 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-2031-4.

With Teacherís Manual.

About the Book

Unlike casebooks that zero in on the first amendment or bureaucratic aspects of education law Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform stays focused on equality and civil rights issues. Individual chapters on each area of inequality explore race, poverty, gender, disability, homelessness, and language status. A structured approach to the complex first amendment divides it into three different chapters addressing, in order, freedom of expression and thought, religion in schools, and the intersection of religion and freedom of expression with school curriculum. Chapters relating to current educational reform and problems are included.  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 issues. Student-friendly questions and notes follow each case. Hypothetical are based problems that require 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. 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 organization reports. 

Features of Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform:

  • focus on equality and civil rights rather than first amendment or bureaucratic aspects of education law
  • individual chapters on each area of inequality 
  • race
  • poverty
  • gender
  • disability
  • homelessness
  • language status
  • three-chapter approach to the complex first amendment issues 
  • freedom of expression and thought 
  • religion in schools 
  • intersection of religion and freedom of expression with school curriculum
  • current educational reform and problems included
  • introductions to every chapter, section, and case improve comprehension and retention
  • efficient presentation of cases to permit inclusion of case law and issues
  • hypotheticals
  • require synthesis of law, fact gathering and application, professional judgment, and problem-solving skills
  • can be modified for group exercises, class discussion, or writing assignments
  • situates case law in the broader education world 
  • edited versions of federal policy guidance
  • seminal law review articles
  • social science studies 
  • organization reports and studies
  • student-friendly questions and notes following cases
  • careful editing of cases and secondary sources for ease of reading and understanding