Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Courses D - H

669: Education Law and Policy (Online)

Credit Hours



This course explores some of the challenging legal and practical issues confronting education in America. We begin by examining the structure of educational governance, including the role of the federal government, the State, local control and school board powers; charter schools and school vouchers. The focus of the course is on access to education: 1) the rights of students enrolled in public schools, including constitutional and statutory rights -- First Amendment religion, speech and expression issues; due process and student discipline; and 2) the barriers to equal access and treatment that diverse populations of children face -- the homeless, the undocumented, children of poverty, English Language Learners, children with disabilities and with special needs, and LGBT children and youth.