The course closely examines problems of K-12 education in America's schools, paying particular attention to disadvantaged communities and schools. Some of the issues covered include: achievement gaps among racial, ethnic and economic groups; lack of sufficient resources; equity as regards teacher and administrator quality, curriculum and learning materials, and extracurricular activities; integration; and bilingualism. We will explore the uses and misuses of litigation to address these problems, identifying approaches that promote meaningful school reform. Students will design litigation plans that will require complaint drafting, selection of plaintiffs and defendants, development of discovery plans, preparation of expert testimony and deposition and cross-examination of anticipated opposing expert testimony, and identifying meaningful relief and accountability structures. Actual cases will used as models.
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