California School Law

California School Law

California School Law

California School Law

Excerpt

As we have noted in the previous editions, the law affecting the day-to-day operation of schools never stands still. Though this book is unique in having a free cumulative update posted on the book’s website to keep readers current, in time the book itself needs to be brought up to date for ease of readership; hence this new third edition. As with the earlier editions, the authors have endeavored to make sense of the seemingly incomprehensible maze of legislative laws, administrative rules, and judicial decisions that constitute “education law.” This is particularly true for a large state like California, where education law emanates from a variety of sources and encompasses a host of topics.

Written in nonlegalese language, this third edition of California School Law provides a comprehensive and current description of the law that affects the operation of the state’s traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools. It is intended for a wide audience including governing board members, school administrators, teachers, education professors and their students, policy makers, union leaders, school law attorneys, parents, and members of the general public. To serve such a broad constituency, we have simplified the writing and provided numerous illustrative figures and tables. While cases are referenced in the text, their citations are included in an index at the end of the book.

In the book’s twelve chapters, readers will find a detailed, yet readable, account of the many ways in which the law structures the delivery of education services in California. We begin in Chapter 1 with an overview of the legal framework governing California schooling. The uninitiated may want to read this chapter first to gain an understanding of what education law is, the sources from which it emanates, and the components that make up the state’s schooling system. We also review the rights of parents and the status of charter schools and private schools in this chapter.

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