Education Law and education lawyers deal with laws relating to federal and state education: schools, school systems, and school boards. This includes the operation of educational institutions, school athletics, school related programs, and instructional methods and materials. Education law encompasses all those issues arising from school faculty, staff, and students such as school discipline and discrimination based upon race, religion, color, gender, national origin, and disability. For obvious reasons, education law is often referred to as “school law.”
Each state, including the state of Nevada, develops, maintains, and operates its own education system. A national curriculum is actually forbidden by federal law (The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was recently reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act (2001.) ESEA authorizes funds for instructional materials, professional development, education programs, and parental involvement programs.
Education Law has a Successful History
Education lawyers have a rich history of successes: Schools are no longer segregated; female athletes have equal access to sports equipment and facilities; the mentally disabled have access to mainstream facilities with school funded assistance; the physically handicapped have access to all educational facilities; and the poor and disadvantaged students have the right to transfer to better schools than those provided in their neighborhood.