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Education Law, Policy, and Practice

Front Cover - Education Law, Policy, and Practice

Third Edition

Michael J. Kaufman, Loyola University, Chicago
Sherelyn R. Kaufman


2013.  928 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-2508-1.

With Teacher’s Manual.

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.

The Third Edition features new cases decided by the Supreme Court in the areas of affirmative action, the role of religion in public schools, the rights of students, and the procedural protections of special education legislation. Broader treatment of school funding issues at the state and local level includes state court adequacy and equity litigation. Enhanced coverage of the role of race in American education features a thorough treatment of the long line of Supreme Court cases regarding affirmative action leading up to its latest opinion in Fisher as well as a comprehensive treatment of the empirical evidence of the role of race in the "achievement gap" and in school discipline. New sections on standards and accountability explore methods of teacher evaluation and proposed revisions to tenure. The Third Edition emphasizes the range of school reform and school choice initiatives, particularly charter schools. Other new material examines school violence, zero tolerance discipline policies, and the "school to prison pipeline" as well as the use and abuse of technology in schools (internet use policies, texting, and sexting.) The latest developments in the law and policy regarding bullying and early childhood education are introduced.

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 
  • 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  
  • cover the major issues in education law 
  • 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 
  • equal protection
  • affirmative action 
  • special education
  • the educational environment and its liabilities
  • rights and responsibilities of teachers
  • “Practicums” allow students to apply the law to realistic situations
  • focus on Federal Law, reflecting the importance of constitutional decisions in this area 
  • helpful Teacher’s Manual 
  • a clear synopsis for every case in the book 
  • answers to the questions at the end of cases 
  • strategies for discussing and resolving Practicums
  • additional teaching techniques and alternative syllabi

Thoroughly updated, the revised Third Edition presents:

  • critical new cases decided by the Supreme Court: 
  • affirmative action
  • the role of religion in public schools 
  • the rights of students to freedom of expression in school and at schools events 
  • the rights of students to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures 
  • the substantive and procedural protections of special education legislation 
  • broader treatment of school funding at the state and local level, including state court adequacy and equity litigation
  • enhanced coverage of the role of race in American education 
  • a thorough treatment of the long line of Supreme Court cases regarding affirmative action leading up to its latest opinion in Fisher 
  • a comprehensive treatment of the empirical evidence of the role of race in the "achievement gap" and in school discipline 
  • new sections on standards and accountability, including teacher evaluation and proposed revisions to tenure 
  • increased emphasis on the range of school reform and school choice, e.g. charter schools 
  • coverage of school violence, zero tolerance discipline policies, and "school to prison pipeline" 
  • new sections on technology in schools―internet use policies, texting, and  sexting
  • latest developments in the law and policy regarding bullying 
  • developments in important law and policy governing early childhood education
  • refined practical exercises 
  • sharpened comparative law notes