Education Law and Policy

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 7/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

This seminar explores how law and policy has shaped and could shape educational opportunity within the United States. Historically, the federal role in education has emphasized the promotion of equal access to education for low-income, minority and other disadvantaged students and thus the course focuses on federal education law. However, it also considers important state reform efforts, such as state school finance litigation. We also will consider such topics as school desegregation, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and its reauthorizations, and the case for and against a federal right to education. Students will critique the work of scholars who propose law and policy reforms for closing opportunity and achievement gaps.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write a substantial research paper that analyzes how the law shapes educational opportunity and that proposes how the law could be reformed to provide equal access to an excellent education for all children. It will be due via EXPO (deadline to be announced).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law recommended, but not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: Class participation will be considered for grading purposes.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**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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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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