education law

Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

The U.S. Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregation in public education by finding that separate public schools for blacks and whites were inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional. The...

Education

Education law: An Overview

One government function is education, which is administered through the public school system by the Department of Education. The states, however, have primary responsibility for the maintenance and operation of public schools...

FAPE

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: free appropriate public education

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Free Appropriate Public Education

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA requirement of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act that a child with disabilities is entitled to an educational program (including classroom setting, teaching strategies, and services) that...

Individualized Education Program

The process provided under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to evaluate the educational needs of and develop an academic plan for students with disabilities. It refers both to 1) the meetings where the school district determines...

least restrictive environment

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that school districts place disabled children in the classroom setting that best meets their individual needs, rather than automatically...

LRE

See: Least Restrictive Environment

Mainstreaming

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: least restrictive environment

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No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn overhaul of the education system that requires states to establish challenging academic standards for all schools, to test students regularly to ensure they are meeting those standards, and to employ...

separation of church and state

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

A phrase most famously used by Supreme Court Justice Black in the case of Everson v. Board of Education. In discussing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, Justice Black said that the...

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