Education Law

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Education law and the term "school law" is the name given to the branch of civil law that covers the laws and regulations that govern federal and state education, including the administration and operation of educational institutions, school athletics, instruction methods, programs, and materials. This area of law encompasses issues relating to school faculty, staff, and students, including school discipline and discrimination based on race, color, national original, sex, or disability in violation of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act, Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act. (Reference:

Key Topics

  • Civil rights
  • Public education
  • Discrimination
  • Disability
  • Separation of church and state

Major Legislation

  • Equal Educational Opportunities Act
  • Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA)

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  • Education Regulation & Policy
  • Education Law

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