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McDermott, Kathryn A.; Frankenberg, Erica; Diem, Sarah – Educational Policy, 2015
Many school districts have recently revised, or tried to revise, their policies for assigning students to schools, because the legal and political status of racial and other kinds of diversity is uncertain, and the districts are facing fiscal austerity. This article presents case studies of politics and student assignment policy in three large…
Descriptors: Race, Politics of Education, Student Placement, Board of Education Policy
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Hoffman, Michael J.; Wiggall, Richard L.; Dereshiwsky, Mary I.; Emanuel, Gary L. – eJEP: eJournal of Education Policy, 2013
Adequate funding for the nation's schools to meet the call for higher student achievement has been a litigious issue. Spending on schools is a political choice. The choices made by state legislatures, in some cases, have failed to fund schools adequately and have incited school finance lawsuits in almost all states. These proceedings are generally…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Educational Finance, Academic Achievement, State Legislation
Palestini, Robert; Falk, Karen Palestini – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2012
This third edition expands coverage on such topics as the law and students with disabilities, confidentiality, sexual harassment, student searches and tuition vouchers. It also includes some new topics such as bullying, copyright law, and the law and the internet. Both public and nonpublic school educators are aware that courts, over the last…
Descriptors: School Law, Court Litigation, Public Schools, Private Schools
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Slater, Charles L.; Scott, James – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2011
Equity issues in public school finance have been discussed in terms of three waves. The first wave was a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court to provide equal education to all students as a fundamental right. After a ruling against the plaintiffs in "San Antonio v Rodriguez" (1973), the fight shifted to a second wave in the state courts.…
Descriptors: Equal Education, State Courts, Finance Reform, Educational Finance
Rebell, Michael A. – Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2011
Raising academic standards and eliminating achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students are America's prime national educational goals. Current federal and state policies, however, largely ignore the fact that the childhood poverty rate in the United States is 21%, the highest in the industrialized world, and that poverty…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Low Income Students, Constitutional Law, Equal Protection
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Welner, Kevin – Review of Research in Education, 2010
The call for American students to meet world-class standards in the federal Goals 2000: Education America Act (1994) and No Child Left Behind legislation, as well as state standards and accountability legislation, has been explicitly inclusive: All students must be held to these high standards. Litigation offers the potential to leverage…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Standards, Academic Standards, Court Litigation