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Legal basis for education. State and Federal statutes; related court cases; Attorney General opinions; Special Education procedures; Vermont State Board and State Education Department policies; regulations. Prerequisite: Twelve hours in education or Instructor permission.
Sam Abel-Palmer ()
Dates: July 13 - August 7, 2015
In this course we will conduct survey of the laws and regulations that govern public education. The course will focus on the central principles and key concepts of education law, emphasizing the relationship between legal frameworks and their practical implications for the day-to-day operation of schools. We will look at the formal statutes and regulations that govern education, as well as looking at how these laws are implemented in the real world, by looking at legal decisions, case studies and practical scenarios. Topics will include federal and state regulation of education and teaching standards, discipline and safety, constitutional issues, harassment and bullying, educational records, special education and 504 regulations, and school district administrative regulations.
Course policies and expectations: The course will be taught in a lecture/discussion format, and full class participation is expected. You are encouraged to bring your own experiences to the discussions. Daily attendance is expected except in emergency situations. There will be daily readings, which you will be expected to incorporate into class discussions. If you need any accommodation for a disability or other special circumstance, please feel free to consult with the instructor. Course materials: All course materials will be readily available on-line. Course material listings with web addresses will be available before the start of the course.
Grading will be based on class participation, a research project, and a take-home final exam.
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