EDU553: K-12 Education Law and Policy

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Course Overview

This course examines legal and compliance issues affecting educational environments, with discussions of the following areas:

  • Church-state matters
  • Teacher liability and pupil control issues
  • Human resource items of contracts, tenure, retirement, and dismissal
  • Compliance concerns regarding standardized testing, language minority students,  and special education students

Both faculty and student rights legislation are examined, as well as federal and state standards-based education reform legislation. The course also looks at how schools assess the implications of the No Child Left Behind Act in terms of reform, school ratings, parental choice, and school system administration.

In the course project, Compliance Presentation: Guiding Policy and Practice, each candidate develops a compliance presentation that (1) summarizes relevant federal, state, and local laws and policies that directly impact school personnel, (2) provides guidance to personnel related to compliant practice, and (3) explains how laws and policies promote educational equity, and safe, effective, and efficient school environments. The project is a key assessment designed to demonstrate mastery of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) professional standards.

This course does not include a required field-based activity.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Develop a working knowledge of the impact federal law and legislation has on the development of state law, and the overall impact on education delivery systems at both the state and local school district levels exemplified in the creation and implementation of state and local policy and procedures.
  • Incorporate a comprehensive knowledge base on the authority states and state education agencies possess to define public education and instructional programs within their respective borders.
  • Cultivate a clear correlation between federal laws, and the implementation of state and local execution systems; the purpose for these polices and state infrastructures; and the implications on district and building administration.
  • Gain a global understanding of special education entitlement schemes, from both a federal and state level, and the required compliance by state and local school administrative authorities.
  • Describe and discuss student rights under the Constitution and federal laws, including the religious rights of students and due process.
  • Discuss the requirements established for education by federal and state law; state rule and regulation; local policy, including FERPA; and liability issues.

Course Prerequisites