Students in the LTP/Law and Education Reform Seminar will explore the constitutional, statutory and policy issues involved in school reform. Viewing schools through the often conflicting aspirations of ensuring equality and quality, students will explore such topics as: (1) educational governance, (2) state takeovers of failing schools, (3) charter schools, (4) the disparity between schools in cities and suburbs, (5) funding reform, (6) school choice and the use of vouchers, (7) instructional and tenure reform, (8) educating children with differences, and (9) tracking. For each of these topics we will analyze whether the reform does advance the goals of enhancing quality while ensuring equity. A variety of teaching techniques including, case studies, panel discussions and student presentations will be used to explore these topics. Each student will be responsible for developing a paper on one of the promising models of school reform, i.e., charter schools or innovative new schools. For each topic, the student in class will explore how the interests of the various stakeholders in public education (parents, teachers, administrators, school boards, unions, state and local government officials and students) helped or hindered the shaping of these reforms. The students will also explore how to evaluate the effectiveness of school reform and the pitfalls in assessing the effectiveness of a reform strategy (see documents attached). They will also explore the role of the courts and the legislature in the formation and implementation of these policies. Written work completed for the seminar may be used to satisfy the advanced writing requirement. Students will also work in the areas of educational reform. The range of possibilities that the students may be involved in are school discipline cases, special education cases, public policy issues such as, school finance and legal work involved in creating innovative new schools. This course satisfies the Cardin Requirement. Eight students may take the course for 6 credits and satisfy the Cardin requirement. Seven students may take only the seminar for 3 credits. There are no prerequisites for this LTP Seminar. Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a one day (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Law Practice Orientation Program the Friday before the first day of the semester in which the course begins.
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Last offered Fall 2004.