Fall 2023  |  LAW 6233 Section 001: Education Law and Policy (33758)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Law Lottery Attribute
Meets With:
PA 5442 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 50B
Enrollment Status:
Closed (20 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The nation's schools have become a conflict zone where our polarized views and values are clashing. There are new arguments over curriculum, books in school libraries, and support for transgender students, as well as continuing struggles over racial segregation, disparities in learning, the quality of education, and how to pay for it. This course will explore these challenges from the perspectives of law and public policy, recognizing that decisions of institutions in both sectors contribute to the design of America's system of public preK-12 education. Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to nearly all the topics we will discuss. We will explore the process of education law and policy change, including school integration, the inclusion of students with disabilities, accountability, and calls for education reform. We will also consider the existing empirical evidence informing the debates on policy alternatives. Discussions and readings about a diverse range of 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, law reviews, empirical research 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 presentations of group research projects.
Class Notes:
https://law.umn.edu/course/6233/education-law-policy
Class Description:
PA 5442/LAW 6233 Education Law and Policy:

The nation's schools have become a conflict zone where our polarized views and values are clashing. There are new arguments over curriculum, books in school libraries, and support for transgender students, as well as continuing struggles over racial segregation, disparities in learning, the quality of education, and how to pay for it.

This course will explore these challenges from the perspectives of law and public policy, recognizing that decisions of institutions in both sectors contribute to the design of America's system of public preK-12 education. Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to nearly all the topics we will discuss. We will explore the process of education law and policy change, including school integration, the inclusion of students with disabilities, accountability, and calls for education reform. We will also consider the existing empirical evidence informing the debates on policy alternatives.

Discussions and readings about a diverse range of 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, law reviews, empirical research 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 presentations of group research projects.

Steve Kelley, J.D. practiced commercial litigation for over 20 years, served in the Minnesota Legislature for
14 years, chaired the Minnesota Senate Education Committee, and served recently as Minnesota's Commerce Commissioner. He also has served on the boards of education non-profit organizations.


Corey Savage, Ph.D. is an education policy researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). He studies civic education, curricular reform, and teacher quality in the US and abroad. Prior to joining AIR, Savage held research positions at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, the Hector Institute at the University of Tübingen, and Educational Testing Service.

Grading:
Reports/Memo
Homework/Written Reflections
Group Presentation
Participation
Exam Format:
Final paper in lieu of exam.
Class Format:
Discussion
Guest Speakers
Lecture
Small Group Discussion/Activities
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33758/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 April 2023

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