Fall 2021  |  PA 5442 Section 001: Education Law and Policy (34208)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Meets With:
LAW 6159 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 50B
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Education law and policy with focus on elementary/secondary. Topics include governance; interplay of federal, state and local law and policy; education redesign; intersection with workforce development; reform efforts; desegregation; achievement gap; role of teacher unions; and finance. Early childhood education discussed in connection with K-12 issues. Case studies include recently enacted legislation in multiple states.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
LAW 6159/PA 5442 Education Law and Policy:

Should schools be prohibited from teaching critical race theory? Should transgender women be excluded from high school sports? Can schools police what students say online? This course explores these questions and the combined roles of law and policy in the design of America's system of public preK-12 education and its institutions. In 2021, we will focus extra attention on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. We also will discuss the process of education law and policy change, including school integration, the inclusion of students with disabilities, educational standards, testing, and current calls for education reform. As we recover from the pandemic, I hope we will also be able to identify lessons learned from school lockdowns and remote learning. Materials from other cultures, including indigenous cultures, and countries will help us think about education law and policy in a broader context. Course readings will include judicial decisions, statutes, policy analyses, scholarly articles, and journalistic accounts of education and human development issues. Classes will consist of active student discussion of legal and policy design issues, presentations by guest speakers who are active practitioners and advocates in education law and policy and presentation of group research projects.

Steve Kelley served in the Minnesota Legislature for 14 years, chaired the Minnesota Senate Education Committee and served recently as Minnesota's Commerce Commissioner. He also serves on the boards of education non-profit organizations.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Any graduate student who is interested in the legal and public policy issues that influence U.S. public education
60% Reports/Memos
10% Homework/Written Reflections
15% Group Presentation
5% Interview of Education Policymaker
10% Participation
Class Format:
70% Discussion
20% Guest Speakers
5% Lecture
5% Small Group Activities
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/kelle644_PA5442_Fall2015.docx (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
28 June 2021

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