This course will examine federal, state and local laws governing K-12 public school districts. We will also explore applicable case law as we consider topics such as governance, curriculum, the right to an education, public funding, equal protection, disparities in the quality of education, freedom of speech, privacy rights, religion, school safety and discipline, charter schools, special education, teacher tenure, school district liability/immunity, and reform. Overall, the goal of this course will be to introduce and critically analyze the legal and socio-economic aspects of the K-12 education system in an effort to equip students with a better understanding and ability to anticipate, recognize and ultimately assist with the resolution of legal issues that arise within this dynamic and ever-changing environment.
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