Right Edu US/Real/Hollow (SC)

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/18
Credits: 1

Course Description

Unlike other nations, the US has no national right to education. State constitutions do, however, guarantee the right to public education, placing the legal obligation to provide education to children on the states. This course will explore state constitutional education rights, and efforts to enforce those rights in the courts. The focus will be on a substantial body of litigation over the last 40 years challenging inequities in public school funding within states, and the resulting disparities in resources and outcomes for students, particularly for low-income students, English language learners, students with disabilities and students in high poverty schools. The course will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the decentralized legal framework for public education in the US; critical state and federal jurisprudence shaping this framework; the ongoing controversy over the role of the courts in enforcing educational rights; the efficacy of judicially-imposed remedies; and new legal issues emerging from current education “reform” initiatives.

Course Requirements

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Education Law course, clinical experience, civil practice, or keen interest in condition of public education in U.S. recommended, but not required Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: This Short Course meets from November 9 through November 19, 2015. 

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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