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College of Law

State Education Law & Policy

Course Number: 6915
Professor: D. Shanor
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
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Course Overview:  State Supreme Court jurisprudence is abundant on the rights of students, parents, and teachers in the K-12 system.  In Wyoming and Colorado, in particular, state founders enshrined a strong governmental commitment to public education that is reflected in constitutional language embracing the idea of a “free”, “uniform” system of public education.    This course will introduce students to Wyoming and Colorado state law, policy, and politics related to K-12 education. Specifically, the course will (1) examine the Wyoming and Colorado state constitutions, statutes, case law, rules, administrative law, and local and state governance impacting K-12 education; and (2) analyze both local district and state policies and procedures related to funding, grant management, school accountability and performance, local governance, state governance, federal governance, and current education topics in Wyoming and Colorado. Students will hear from state education leaders throughout the semester and have the opportunity to attend several informative education policy meetings. The interplay between the education system and other governmental entities in the states will also be studied.   

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