Section Description Provided by Instructor
This multidisciplinary survey course explores significant recent developments in K-12 education law. Topics include compulsory education; religious conflicts in public schools; the charter school debate; free speech and cyberbullying; sexual and racial harassment; legal protections for LGBTQs; impermissible interview questions; child abuse; the schools’ authority to punish on- and off-campus hazing, alcohol abuse, and sexual misconduct; tort liability; educational malpractice; search & seizure/drug testing; racially disproportionate school discipline; the school-to-prison pipeline; and due process.
Using legal sources, social science research, simulations, and small-group discussion, the course explores not only legal issues but also the educational, political, and ethical questions that legal disputes raise but rarely resolve. We will explore how to avoid unnecessary litigation and, at least as important, how to use the law to advance important educational objectives.
Course materials: Yudof, Levin, Moran, Ryan, and Bowman, Educational Policy and the Law Fifth Edition (June 2011), Wadsworth/Cengage Learning; and a supplementary course packet available at the Columbia Book Store.
Class meetings: The course will meet at Teachers College (on 120th Street between Amsterdam and
Broadway) in 535 Grace Dodge Hall. It will include CLS students and students who register through TC.
Evaluation: Grades will be based chiefly on take-home midterm and final examinations.
R 3 –5 p.m.
Method of Evaluation
Exam (Take Home)
J.D. Writing Credit