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COURSE SYLLABUS Educational Law, EDLP 268, 3 Credits Instructor: Sam Abel-Palmer, Esq.

Disability Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid 264 N. Winooski Ave., PO Box 1367 Burlington, VT 05402 (802) 383-2213 Fax (802) 863-7152 Class Schedule: Monday Friday, July 14 - July 25, 4:00-8:30 pm.

Course description: In this course we will conduct broad survey of the laws and regulations that govern public education. The course will focus on the central principles and key concepts of education law, emphasizing the relationship between legal frameworks and their practical implications for the day-today operation of schools. We will look at the formal statutes and regulations that govern education, but put most of our emphasis on how these laws are implemented in the real world, by looking at legal decisions, case studies and practical scenarios. Course goals and objectives: Participants will: Increase their knowledge and understanding of education law; Understand the regulatory framework that guides education policy; Gain greater understanding of how and when to respond to legal disputes; Apply laws and regulations to practical classroom situations; Appreciate the breadth and limits of the law and how it affects students, parents, and education professionals.

Course policies and expectations: The course will be taught in a lecture/discussion format, and full class participation is expected. You are encouraged to bring your own experiences to the discussions. Daily attendance is expected except in emergency situations. There will be daily readings, which you will be expected to incorporate into class discussions. Religious Observance:
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.

Academic Honesty & Professionalism:

All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy Procedures delineated in the following website. ).

Accommodations: Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at to learn more about the services they provide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email:, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment. If you need any accommodation for a disability or other special circumstance, please feel free to consult with the instructor. Required Readings:
All course materials and readings are available on line, and consist primarily of the texts of federal and state regulations and statutes.

Vermont Education Statutes (Title 16) Vermont Department of Education Materials Main Page: Model Policies: Special Education Page: Vermont Special Education Rules: Act 117: Act 264: Vermont 504 Guide: Federal Laws and Regulations ESEA/NCLB: FERPA Overview:

FERPA Regulations: IDEA Statute: 504 Regulations: Federal IDEA Regulations: Federal IDEA Informational Web Site: McKinney-Vento Act: United States Code Main Page: Code of Federal Regulations Main Page: Google Scholar:

Course materials: All course materials will be readily available on-line. Course material listings with web addresses will be available before the start of the course. Course materials will include the texts of the federal and state education laws, selections from the federal regulations implementing these laws; the Vermont education regulations; selected court decisions and Due Process hearing decisions. Course requirements and Grading: You will be expected to complete the following assignments: Class participation and discussion, for 20% of the final grade Project: Each person will research a specific area of education law, and will present this information in a written summary and in a presentation to the class, for 40% of the final grade Final Exam: There will be an essay exam on the final class day, for 40% of the final grade

Course topics: Session 1: Introductions The legal systemfederal , state and local regulation Education financing Records, FERPA and HIPAA Residency, attendance and truancy Licensing and standards ESEA and student testing Personnel issues

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Special Education, Section 504 and student support Discipline, safety and restraint Harassment, bullying and discrimination Presentations Exam

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