Sunday, June 2, 2013

Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform course book (June 2013)

Education LawOur own Derek W. Black's new book, Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform (Aspen 2013), is now available for review and adoption for education law courses. Joining Professor Black (South Carolina Law) with contributing chapters are Robert A. Garda Jr. (Loyola-New Orleans Law); John E. Taylor (W. Virginia Law); and Emily Gold Waldman (Pace Law). Education Law's table of contents is available for download at SSRN here. Aspen also has a companion website for Education Law. (Educators considering adopting the book may request a complimentary copy from

Below is the abstract of Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform, which emphasizes the current landscape of equality and civil rights issues in education:

Education Law situates case law in the broader education world by including edited versions of federal policy guidance, seminal law review articles, social science studies, and policy reports. It includes individual chapters on each major area of inequality: race, poverty, gender, disability, homelessness, and language status. Those chapters are followed by a structured approach to the complex first amendment questions, dividing the first amendment into three different chapters and addressing, in order, freedom of expression and thought, religion in schools, and the intersection of religion and freedom of expression with school curriculum. Two chapters relating to current educational reform — No Child Left Behind, Standardized Testing, Charter Schools, and Vouchers — close out the book.

Narrative introductions to every chapter, major section, and case synthesize and foreshadow the material to improve student comprehension and retention. Efficient presentation of carefully-edited cases and secondary sources permit comprehensive inclusion of case law and secondary issues. Student-friendly questions and notes follow each case. Hypothetical problems follow each subsection and draw on multiple skills: synthesis of law, factual application, fact gathering, professional judgment, and practical problem-solving skills. These problems can be modified for group exercises, class discussion, or writing assignments.


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