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Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2022
This report argues that the Michigan state constitution's "Blaine Amendment," a provision which prevents parents from drawing on state funding to go outside the public school system, is superseded by the United States Supreme Court's 2020 ruling in the case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. The report discusses a legislative…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Legislation, Constitutional Law, State Action
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2022
This article highlights the trends in state laws and judicial rulings specific to identification of and interventions for students with dyslexia.
Descriptors: Dyslexia, State Legislation, Equal Education, Educational Legislation
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Nir, Esther – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Qualitative research with political elites provides unique opportunities to access intimate details regarding the perceptions and opinions of key decision-makers; yet limited scholarly attention has been directed at the difficulties involved in recruiting these groups for interviews. In this article, I outline a series of targeted strategies aimed…
Descriptors: Judges, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Recruitment
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Howard, Robert M.; Roch, Christine H.; Schorpp, Susanne; Gleason, Shane A. – SUNY Press, 2021
"Power, Constraint, and Policy Change" analyzes state court influence on state education finance reform. Beginning in the early 1970s litigants began filing suits in state courts to change state education funding in order to prevent disparities in education resources between wealthy and poor communities. These cases represent a…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Finance Reform, State Courts, State Aid
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Weinschenk, Aaron C. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2021
Faculty members are increasingly recognizing the value of integrating high impact practices, such as undergraduate research, into the college experience. In this paper, I argue that one way of getting undergraduate students involved in political science research is to develop undergraduate research labs, wherein a small group of undergraduate…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Classroom Research, Student Research, Political Science
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Wood, R. Craig – Journal of Education Finance, 2019
Presently, charter schools exist in 43 states. The Minnesota Legislature first created charter schools in the United States in 1991. As of 2018, there were nearly 7,000 charter schools in 43 states serving over approximately 3 million students. The creation, control, and mission of these schools varies from state to state. This analysis examines…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Court Litigation, State Courts
Rebell, Michael A. – University of Chicago Press, 2018
The 2016 presidential election campaign and its aftermath have underscored worrisome trends in the present state of our democracy: the extreme polarization of the electorate, the dismissal of people with opposing views, and the widespread acceptance and circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. Only a small proportion of those…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Best Practices, Civics
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Welner, Kevin G. – National Education Policy Center, 2022
This policy memo examines some fundamental shifts, along with their real-world implications, within the past 60 years of Supreme Court jurisprudence, up to and including the current "Carson v. Makin" case. The Supreme Court is just a few small steps away from transforming every charter school law in the U.S. into a private-school voucher…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, State Courts, Charter Schools, Federal Legislation
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Marianno, Bradley D.; Strunk, Katharine O. – Education Next, 2018
In "Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31", the U.S. Supreme Court ended the practice of enabling public-sector unions to collect "fair-share" or "agency" fees from employees who decline to join. Although federal law prohibits requiring workers to join a union as a…
Descriptors: Unions, Activism, Fees, Union Members
Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Beginning in 2018, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, comprised of 13 members inside and outside of the legislature, will begin the task of studying and making recommendations to improve the school finance system. This five-part series prepares readers to engage with lawmakers and the school finance commission by providing background…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Court Litigation, State Legislation, Public Schools
Villanueva, Chandra; Lavine, Dick – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Beginning in 2018, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, comprised of 13 members inside and outside of the legislature, will begin the task of studying and making recommendations to improve the school finance system. This five-part series prepares readers to engage with lawmakers and the school finance commission by providing background…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Court Litigation, State Legislation, Public Schools
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Berryessa, Colleen M. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016
This brief report presents preliminary data on the attitudes of judges on the sentencing of offenders with High Functioning Autism (HFA). Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with twenty-one California Superior Court Judges. Interviews were qualitatively coded and constant comparative analysis was utilized. Findings revealed that…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Severity (of Disability), Semi Structured Interviews
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Bailey, Tessie Rose; Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2015
The purpose of this analysis is to provide systematic and up-to-date data on the frequency of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2012) court decisions on a state-by-state basis, not only overall, but in relation to special education enrollments. This empirical analysis revealed notable differences among state rankings in the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Students with Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Teal, Christi B. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to investigate how courts deal with issues related to the broad definition of free appropriate public education (FAPE) as it pertains to the least restrictive environment (LRE) for the provision of special education services as legislated though the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Supreme Court…
Descriptors: Special Education, Disabilities, Students, Public Schools
Rebell, Michael A.; Wolff, Jessica R.; Rogers, Joseph R., Jr.; Saleh, Matthew – Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2016
This is the second in a series of reports that are the culmination of two years of research by the Campaign for Educational Equity, a policy and research center at Teachers College, Columbia University, and significant input from the Safeguarding Sound Basic Education Task Force, a statewide group made up of representatives from New York's leading…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Equal Education, Citizen Participation, Instructional Materials
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