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Education Law: Home

Laws and court cases governing the conduct of educational matters.

Background

Researching education court cases is a difficult process.  Federal education court cases always reflect the constraints that the US constitution provides in limiting the role of the Federal government in State affairs.  All federal court cases that pertain to educational issues are constitutional cases, such as, due process, did the student or teacher receive proper legal recourse for grievance ;  search and seizure, did the school violate a student's right to privacy; separation of church and state, did the state attempt to establish school prayer; equal protection, is the state system for funding of education unequal; discrimination, was a student excluded from class based on race, religion or creed, etc.

State court cases are also based on their respective constitution.  Appeals and Supreme Court cases never retry a case but they can reprimand a case back to trial, but the court will base that decision on whether constitutional rights were violated during the trial.  So, when you begin your research, ask yourself, what are the constitutional issues that pertain to my educational issue?  That question will make finding pertinent cases easier.

The following guide will show you sources for your research, major and landmark court cases from both State and Federal Courts, and resources available to you from the University Libraries online and physical collections.

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