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Due Process

Due process is a formal set of procedures that the government must follow when making decisions to ensure the fair treatment of individuals. Most often, due process is thought of in relation to legal civil and criminal matters, but due process also affects education.

In the United States, public K-12 education is a vast system comprising all levels of government. The federal government provides funding and loose oversight, and each state has its own education system, granting authority to thousands of local districts and schools. Numerous decisions are made daily: decisions regarding instruction, student discipline, personnel, and so on. Those decisions affect a large number of people. In 2010, there were approximately 98,000 schools serving 49 million public school students with 3 million public school teachers ...

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