The legal aspects of the public school academic curriculum

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Norman Bennett Boyles (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph E. Bryson

Abstract: The public school academic curriculum has been the subject of litigation on numerous occasions at higher levels of court jurisdiction. Since the mid-1800's, plaintiff after plaintiff has questioned the right of state legislatures to prescribe which courses may be a part of the curriculum, the right of state legislatures to delegate decision-making power to local boards of education, and the right of local boards of education to make and enforce curriculum decisions for their respective schools. Litigation in the curriculum area was characterized by inconsistent rulings during the late 1800's and early 1900’s. During that period of time, however, trends were already emerging in court opinions. The first concerned the right of a parent to have a voice in determining which course of study a student would take. Regarding this issue, the opinions almost invariably reinforced the necessity, both moral and legal, of allowing a parent some latitude in making curriculum selection or in requesting exclusions from particular courses of study.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
Public schools $x Curricula
Curriculum planning
Public schools $x Education $x Law and legislation

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