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Education Law

5th Edition

By Michael Imber, Tyll van Geel, J.C. Blokhuis, Jonathan Feldman


552 pages

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Education Law, 5th Edition provides a comprehensive survey of the legal problems and issues that confront school administrators and policymakers today. This textbook is organized around the belief that students need to read court cases to understand the subtlety and richness of the law, but for legal neophytes, cases without discussion and interpretation are often too difficult to comprehend. Thus, the text balances an explanation of the important principles of education law, with actual court decisions to illuminate these concepts. The court decisions are carefully edited to highlight issues most relevant to administrators, and each chapter explores implications for policy and practice.

New in the Fifth Edition:

  • Additional content on bullying, student privacy, free speech rights, teacher evaluation, collective bargaining, and issues relating to Internet and technology.
  • Revision of materials dealing with education policy and updating of references and case law throughout.
  • A companion website with materials for students and instructors, including links to full cases, a glossary of key concepts, and discussion questions to help students further engage with the content.

Table of Contents


1 Understanding Education Law

2 Compulsory Schooling

3 Curriculum

4 Student Freedom of Expression

5 Student Discipline

6 Equal Educational Opportunity: Race, Gender, and National Origin

7 Students with Disabilities

8 School Finance

9 Federal Constitutional and Statutory Rights of School Employees

10 Teacher Employment

11 Collective Bargaining, Unions, and Teacher Contracts

12 Torts

The Constitution of the United States of America

Table of Cases


About the Authors

Michael Imber is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas.

Tyll van Geel is Earl B. Taylor Professor Emeritus at the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester.

J.C. Blokhuis is Assistant Professor of Social Development Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo and a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress.

Jonathan Feldman is a Senior Attorney at the Empire Justice Center and Clinical Visiting Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / General