The Federal Role in Education Law & Policy (3 credits)

While education exists primarily within the control of state and local governments in the United States, the federal government has played an increasingly influential role in public elementary and secondary schools. This advanced course in education law will examine the role of the federal government in public schools, particularly federal constitutional, statutory and administrative law, with a particular emphasis on understanding the purpose and effectiveness of federal involvement in education. The seminar will examine federal education law and policy under such topics as school desegregation and the No Child Left Behind Act as well as scholarly proposals for education federalism. The course also will consider emerging trends such as the current push for national education standards. The course consistently explores how the federal government can better achieve its education goals in the future. Class participation constitutes a significant part (30 percent) of each student’s grade. Students also must complete a research paper. Pre-requisites: None