Constitutional Issues in Public Education
This course covers constitutional issues in public education law. Topics include the history and purpose of public education, constitutional foundations for federal involvement in education law, the Equal Protection Clause and its application to school desegregation, affirmative action, and gender discrimination in public schools, and student First and Fourth Amendment rights. The course also discusses the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses in public schools, including their application to the use of public resources for religious education, prayer in public schools, teaching creationism and evolution, and religious use of public school facilities.
This course is a substantive course focused on constitutional issues in public education law. Students will be graded based on class participation and a final exam.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration