Education Law: An Essential Guide for Attorneys, Teachers, Administrators, Parents and Students
Federal and state laws can affect nearly every aspect of a child's education today. Educational institutions do many things that create multiple legal issues and therefore, almost every field of law effects them. Contract law, tort law, constitutional law, civil rights law, sports law and disability law are all interwoven to form the basis of education law. For example, even the seemingly basic task of setting academic standards involves both contract law and the laws protecting individuals with disabilities. It can also include First Amendment issues since some professors have claimed that they have the First Amendment right to determine grades. However, even those who chose to home-school their children are not free from the complexities of educational law. Issues such as team sports, attendance, and the rights of home-schooled students to attend public schools part-time are all part of state and federal laws and constitutional rights. Education Law will prove to be your road map through the complicated situations we find in today's classroom.Topics include: Can a university's admissions policy include consideration of the applicant's race? Is it ever legal to pray in a public school? What protections do students have against unreasonable search and seizure? Can religiously affiliated schools engage in preferential hiring practices? Who may access a student's records, and when?
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